Here are 3 top priorities for success in college.
3 Top Priorities for Success in College
People go to college for many reasons. Getting a job is usually one of them. Getting a job is one of your priorities, it is important to know that in these days, simply getting your degree may not be enough to land a job in your field.
Pass your courses
While this may seem obvious, I frequently guide college students in this very problem. You must pass your classes to get your degree. When employers look at your transcript and there are multiple fails, withdraws and C’s, they are inclined to think you may lack initiative (whether this is true or not).
Here are some tips for passing courses:
- Show up to class early, sit in the T-zone (front 2 rows or down the middle)
- Take notes, let the professor know you are listening
- Manage your time well for studying and assignments
- Turn in assignments on time
- Study for exams ahead of time, cramming brings iffy results
College is all about networking. Who you know will open doors and/or get you job referrals later on. Don’t skip this!
- Visit your professors during office hours (assuming you are at a college where there are still full-time professors)
- Ask questions, in class or by email
- Volunteer to help in the department office
- Attend any function your department gives
- Join any organization your department sponsors
Students who do internships are more likely to get jobs. A study with the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that 60% of students who landed paid internships during college, landed jobs when they graduated. Not all internships are paid, but if you start early with unpaid, you are more likely to end up with a paid internship as an upperclassman.
Keep an eye out in your departmental communications for internships of any kind. Also keep an eye out on the community, sometimes you will find an internship simply by keeping your eyes open in social media or job aggregate boards.
When you need some guidance or coaching for college success, contact me.