College is a time in which significant self-discovery occurs and many memories are made, provided you work hard in all your classes. Friendships are forged and fun will be had, but everyone has the same exact thought in their minds: What the hell am I going to do after graduating?
It’s no secret that the job market is less than lackluster, but it’s also no secret that many are walking away from graduation with a career in mind and a job already lined up. Why can’t you be one of these people? Everyone has student loans; the quicker you’re able to find a great job, the faster that debt can be paid off and you can go on about the rest of your life.
Luckily for you, Towson University already offers a plethora of services you’ve probably never heard of through the Career Center:
Resume and Cover Letter Building
Job and Internship Search Strategies
Let’s say your resume and cover letter got you an interview with the company or organization you apply to. Your job or internship search is far from being over!
For many, interviewing successfully is a skill that needs to be developed and refined. The Career Center offers mock interviews to help you feel more comfortable and “in control” at the real thing.
Building Your Professional Network
Networking is one of those overused buzz words of today. Professionals tout it as the holy grail of career development, but the crazy thing is that it’s true. Networking gets you into places you never could have dreamed of because in many cases, it’s not what you know, but it’s who you know. Having someone important vouch for you is priceless in your career. Speaking from personal experience, I’ve gotten some ridiculous internships, many in which I was not qualified for, just because someone referred me or someone met me beforehand and recognized my name in a sea of resumes.
However, networking is not often explained that well. Yep, you guessed it, the Career Center has resources on networking as well. You can set up an appointment with a professional to walk you through the process of networking so you can start as soon as possible.
If you’ve already gotten the art of networking down, the Career Center offers one of the most useful tools I’ve ever seen in my life for career development, the Mentor Database. In this, you can search by keyword or even major of study, and look through an entire list of Towson alumni who are all established in their careers and have volunteered to serve as a mentor to any interested college student. These personal connections are how you land yourself a job. Choose wisely and remember to be respectful; while many of these people are eager and willing to help out with your professional life, they have little time for students who are not serious.
I’m not going to lie about this; finding a job in this economic environment is not easy. But, finding and lining up a job for after graduation is far easier and more beneficial than waiting until two months out of school and then starting your search. The Career Center has some of the most useful tools I’ve ever seen for career development and since your tuition pays for virtually all of it, it would be a crime to not try out at least a couple of these amazing services.
– Russell Bowen