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did your college help with getting a job when graduating?

did your college help with getting a job when graduating?

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Derek’s Answer

It all depends of course. Adding to the answers already posted, most colleges have some kind of career center that builds relationships with local employers for grads. Don't be afraid to use every service they provide. Your teachers are also a great network if you put the time in to build a relationship with them as well.
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Paul’s Answer

To a certain exent they did, but you need to initiate the process in order to be successful.

Colleges and universities have job centers and employment centers on campus, but you will need to visit them, they do not seek out you.

The centers have all kinds of resources you can utilize. Many have potential employers visit the center, others have job listings and possible internships within your major. Many also have resume writing assistance to help with structuring your resume.

I would definitely seek out the college job and career center on your campus.
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Ahnaf’s Answer

Whether or not your college helps with getting a job depends on the program you are in and the college you go to. As for me, my college did not directly help me to get a job however they did facilitate it. Most of the effort will have to be on your part. This means attending any job fairs or networking sessions. Outside of those, also apply to internships/jobs on your own time and keep applying! Don't lose hope as you will apply to hundreds of jobs but only hear back from a few. Hope that helps!
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De'Jahnique’s Answer

College helped but not as much as networking helped. Networking with colleagues and meeting new people some times will get you a job quicker than college. I have seen both options woke great. A lot of people use college as a stepping stone and some people like me needed it for my career. My career is law so it's a requirement.
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Michael’s Answer

Hi Ava,

Speaking from experience, my college did not help me land my first job after graduation. Most of the work to get hired was upon me - researching companies, applying to open positions, calling HR departments, networking, customizing resumes for the positions, practice interviewing skills, etc.

Colleges and universities offer career placement assistance via the Career Center. At the Career Center, there are resources available to assist with resume format, style and flow; interview workshops; job searches; internships; etc.

It will be upon the student to seek the career placement assistance before graduating from college. Networking is a great way to find professionals and get their advice on how they developed their career paths. This also includes asking friends, fellow students and professors.

www.linkedin.com is a website for professionals. One can learn about professional backgrounds, review company profiles and search for available positions for hire. Other websites to learn about companies and available positions are www.indeed.com and www.glassdoor.com.

Hope this helps and good luck in your career search!
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Andie’s Answer

Outside of the career resources colleges provide, I would say the alumni network is the best way to help with getting a job post graduation (and continues to be an amazing resource throughout your career). Don't be afraid to reach out to alums on LinkedIn!
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Gia’s Answer

Yes! My college helped me in various ways, such as resume and cover letter writing, they had an alumni network to apply for jobs specifically for our alumni and also they gave advice on job fairs. You should definitely utilize your college in helping landing your first job probably even before that your first few internships as they can also lead to job opportunities when you graduate. Aside from utilizing your college, you should sign up for LinkedIn if you haven't already and if there is a company of interest you can look at their website on LinkedIn, apply to jobs there and even see if there is anyone working at that company that went to your school to ask for introductions.
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Deborah’s Answer

As a first step I recommend talking to your college careers advisors - they might have some good pointers for you as you begin your job search. I have met many people who found about their first job after college in this way, and many others who found out about opportunities through friends, clubs they were a part of or their own networks. I recommend pursuing all of these things to maximize the different opportunities that you hear about.

There are also many jobs that do not require a degree or that offer on the job training (for college grads and non-college grads) so this might also be worth exploring.
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Sanja’s Answer

My college degree did help me get a better job for a Utility Company but didn't help me with the previous jobs I had. But having work experience and college degree is always a plus. A lot of companies nowadays are requiring college degrees or relevant experience.
It is helpful to attend internship programs in companies you are interested in and that increases your possibility of getting a job when you graduate.
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Linda’s Answer

My college had many preprofessional student organizations that helped me to meet other students who want to pursue a business related career. It was very helpful to learn from upper classmen about their career interest, internship experience, college experience, and other personal experience. I was able to learn from them for deciding what I want to do post college and how to get where I want to be.
Other than student orgs, I thought some of the Economics and Computer Sciences courses I took in school were helping me to sharpen my problem solving, communication, and collaboration skills.
My school also had career center where it helped with editing resume, hosting interviews, and getting career advice through career counselors, which were very helpful for me in finding a job.
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Ashlyn’s Answer

Hi Ava,

I understand your question as two-fold: 1) did the college itself assist with job hunting, and 2) did going to college (all together) help find a job.

My answer to 1) is Yes, The University of Texas at Austin, provided resources to help students find a job. As a business major, we were very well set up with on campus job fairs and interviews. An internship was required to graduate and the school helped find one. Additionally, they provided resume editors, job boards, networking resources, etc. When looking at schools and/or majors, I recommend asking about the resources the school has for job recruiting / job hunting (e.g., career fairs, resume writing workshops, etc.), what jobs you can get with the major/school you're looking into, and what income potential there is (if that's important to you).

My answer to 2) is...it depends on YOU and how you want to navigate your life. Which is a big (and scary) question to ask yourself!! Think about what kind of lifestyle you want to live, where you want to live, what type of work you want to do, what do you imagine a day in your career is like, health insurance coverage, personal financial goals, etc. If you don't know the answer to these questions yet, I recommend going to college and majoring in something that offers you the most opportunities for a job down the line as you grow into your personal and professional life. Also keep in mind college is not the only answer to generate income in today's economy!! There are SO many opportunities now such as starting your own business, freelancing, or going to a trade school (e.g., welding, car mechanic, hair dresser, etc.). I do recommend finding a skill or two and sticking with them.

I'll give a quick story about myself and how I had to had to ask myself those hard questions. As a freshman/sophomore in college, I was unsure if I wanted to major in journalism or sociology. I took some time to think about my goals, which were move to New York City, be the first person in my family to generate wealth, and I wanted to a business woman! I decided business (finance) would provide me the most opportunity to be able to reach my goals. Which it did - I moved to NYC and now I'm a business woman!

I hope this helps - best of luck!!!
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Nicole’s Answer

Most colleges help with student job searches through resume help, interviewing training and job fairs. In addition to what your college offers, I would encourage you to apply directly to any jobs you are interested in that are posted on platforms such as Indeed.com or directly on a company's website.
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