From college to career: 5 keys to future success

Frat parties and Saturday football games are great, but if you don’t build a foundation for your future, you’re just wasting four (or more) years.

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However, few students understand how quickly the college experience will turn into a job hunt. Many students regret not using the college years to build the credentials needed for career success.

Here is a guide to making the most of college and to being poised to launch a career after graduation.

1. Get involved. Club participation is an essential element of college. Not only will you make new friends, but social, student government, and professional campus organizations will enable you to build resume-friendly leadership and organizational skills. Most universities and academic departments have club fairs and information sessions early each semester. Seek out both “fun” clubs and clubs relevant to your discipline or interest area.

2. Get a job. Financial need requires most college students to seek employment to help finance their education and expenses. Work/study on campus or outside employment during college is a great way to show future employers you are responsible. These contacts will also become great references for future professional opportunities.

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