I’m in College, Now What?

By: Chelsea A. Glover

College is the best time of your life, but after four years of studying hard face the real world and have to find employment. This can be a rude awakening if you are not ready for such a huge responsibility. In addition to getting a great education, it is important to get involved on campus, to network, and gain relevant experience. The first major document you must have before entering the real world and the job market; a resume! The truth of the matter is your education only takes approximately five lines of your resume; so what do you fill the remainder of the page with? Experience! Why? What the academics do not tell you is that even if you have a perfect 4.0 GPA you’re not be guaranteed the job you are searching for.  Having a perfect 4.0 GPA is great, but you need experience to go along with grades to make yourself marketable. Recently, graduated students can receive between a increase of $5,000-$10,000 regarding salary with experience and ultimately cut the amount of time they spend searching for a job in half. So I encourage each of you to get involved on campus, and if you are unsure about which organizations to join visit orgsync.com or visit the Student Organization Resource Center on the 2nd floor of the Student Union. Also register and use Ninerjobnet for on and off campus jobs, internships and co-op opportunities. With all of these free resources available to you there is no way you should graduate without the necessary experience.

NinerJobNet: http://career.uncc.edu/njn-orientation

Student Organizations: http://studentorgs.uncc.edu/

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