Getting geared up to ace your final piece of assessment and secure the role that your hard work has been leading to? Whether you have weeks or months until graduation day, check out these seven ‘must-dos’ to prepare for your next big career adventure while making the most of your remaining time as a student.
1. Set goals
Now is a great time to get clear on what you want, so set yourself professional goals for the next 12 months. Think about the type of role you’d like to secure, the kind of company you’d like to work for, and what your plan for career progression might look like. Set aside time to work on resume and update the ‘Skills’ and ‘Education’ sections with the most up to date and relevant information to suit the roles you’d like to apply for.
2. Raise your online profile
Clean up your social media profiles, and start looking at ways to promote yourself online to prospective employers. Create a SEEK profile so recruiters and hiring managers can find you, and start engaging online in an intelligent way with the social accounts of companies you’d love to work with. You could even create your own professional one-page website with a platform such as WordPress to ensure the right information pops up if anyone Googles your name.
3. Develop good habits
You may have been burning the candle at both ends, but soon you’ll be saying goodbye to student life and the sacrifices (and bad habits) that can along with it. Start building habits that will prepare you for tackling the working world with a healthy mind and body. Eat your greens and other brain food, invest time in exercise, and do your best to employ an ‘early to bed, early to rise’ routine… at least once in a while.
Volunteer work offers valuable real-world experience that will let you put your education and knowledge into practice while showing prospective employers you’re passionate about your chosen field of study. You’ll also build a valuable industry contact list so give a little, or a lot, of your time to reap the rewards.
Networking isn’t just for industry leaders and decision makers. Building a strong network of professional contacts now, before you graduate, can hugely increase your chances of securing a great role when you enter the workforce. Make the most of alumni contacts and clubs, attend networking events, and head along to industry seminars and conferences.
6. Seek advice from experts
Recruitment professionals are the gatekeepers to great roles, so make time to connect with recruiters specialising in your industry. Make an appointment and treat your time together as you would an interview. Dress the part, take in an up-to-date CV, and discuss your goals – your aim is to walk away with advice on how you can best approach the job market.
7. Make memories
Revel in your student status and carve out some time to take your studies outside of the house every now and then – maybe treat yourself to a café study session or take your laptop to the park for an afternoon. Take the opportunity to make some memories before you graduate – if you’re studying on-campus, get involved in campus activities and social events, or if you’re studying online, try and connect with students in your area and celebrate your upcoming graduation in your own way.