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What opportunities would you recommend a student take advantage of during their time in school?

What opportunities would you recommend a student take advantage of during their time in school?

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John’s Answer

Andrew one particularly great resource available to you is your university's career center. Most universities will have a university career center that provides a team of dedicated professionals whose job it is to chat with you about your future. Through activities like self-assessments, fairs, events and workshops, they will help you to find your direction and get on the right path.

Your university's career center will be the best place to go to enquire about local and international internships or work placement opportunities. Companies and organizations that are looking specifically for student interns are likely to contact university career centers to share these opportunities. Any good university career center will offer fairs and events aimed at careers and employment throughout the academic year. Career fairs give you the opportunity to network with a range of potential employers, explore your possibilities and gain valuable (and potentially life-changing) insight into different careers and industries. The importance of career services at college lies in its ability to connect students with potential employers and give them a glimpse of an industry before graduation.

Another benefit of using career services at your university is that they can help you find and prepare for interviews. They can assist you with all sorts of valuable things like building your resume and writing a compelling cover letter. Sometimes university career centers may hold workshops or simulated interviews aimed at developing your presentation skills and boosting your confidence in an interview situation. Some will even help obtain credentials or endorsements from professors or university staff in order to support your application. With the benefit of using career services, you can increase your career opportunities and prepare for the upcoming job hunting.

Hope this was helpful Andrew
Thank you comment icon I appreciate you taking the time to answer this. ANDREW
Thank you comment icon Your Welcome Andrew, active membership in student organizations can also help you gain important personal and professional development skills. John Frick
Thank you comment icon Thank You Amy. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. John Frick
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Evan’s Answer

In regards to college, the greatest resources you have are your professors! Take time to soak up any wisdom they have to offer. Find professors who can help you get to the career you want and you will be surprised how often they will give you great advice and create connections for you. Go to office hours and form productive relationships! Being a student at university is a great opportunity that many people don't take full advantage of. Many people only use a fraction of the resources allotted to them. The best advice I can give is to try to make the most of every dollar you spend toward school!

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Vinessa’s Answer

Networking and lots of it. Meet as many people as you can then meet those people's people. That is one of the most amazing things in life to have as much support in your community as you can because life is tough and the world is harsh with crude people. But you never know when or if you need that one guy, Josh who happens to work for the best car sales company and your in need of a new car. Just an example. And be a sponge soaking up all that you hear, read, see experience. People always help when you're in need and never expect any reward for doing good.
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Elliot’s Answer

I agree with the others...visit your career counselor/advisor/center. Definitely get to know your professors and go to their office hours. If you are on a campus - READ THE BULLETIN BOARDS! Find out about visiting lecturers, guests, and scholars. They come often and give talks on advanced topics in your field. Its very interesting. Also keep an eye and ear out for internships and part-time jobs at school where you can learn skills. Besides this you should be studying hard and reading about your specific area in-depth. Be CURIOUS. Be EXPLORATIVE. Be UNAFRAID. Go to your library! Go for it! Be nice to people and make new friends. Expand your network. Jobs come out of this. Use your time wisely at school. Socialize, party a little, but work hard more than anything. If you do all these you might be able to graduate impressively competent, skilled, and ready for a career and you can be assured that you did your best and made your education worthwhile. A good student who does these things can learn anywhere.
Thank you comment icon Thank you, this is really helpful. ANDREW
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