There are several ways to jumpstart your career while in college.
Create a professional online reputation.
We live in the age of the internet, and potential employers see everything that we post on social media. All they have to do is type your name into Google.com, and they immediately have access to everything you have posted on social media. Life is stressful, and sometimes people don’t think before they send out online content; however, always consider if something could hurt who you want professionals to recognize you are.
Create a professional, engaging digital portfolio.
Creating a digital portfolio will allow potential employers to see what you are capable of. Employers like to be able see what their candidates are capable of, and what specifically you can do. By crafting a high-quality, user-friendly digital portfolio, you can display who you are, what you stand for and why they should hire you.
Find a mentor.
Learning from someone that has been in the field of is a great way to advance yourself. By finding a mentor, you are able to provide yourself with someone who can give you insight on how to move through your career, properly educate yourself and find your communication niche.
Identify your strengths and weaknesses.
Knowing your strengths and weaknesses are a great way to earn an internship or an entry-level position. By knowing what your strengths and weaknesses are, you can become more prepared. If you’re not a strong writer, practice more. If you’re really great at photography, volunteer to take photos for your school paper. By working on both, you can become a more rounded professional.
Accept criticism with grace.
Always be willing to accept any feedback that others can provide you – whether it be positive or negative. Being able to listen to criticism, with grace, and fully appreciate the comments is a great skill to possess. It shows employers that you are willing to learn, and also shows that you will be easy to work with
Patric Feisel is a freshman at Waynesburg University, majoring in digital design and minoring in public relations. He is a member of the cross country team, as well as a member of AIGA and the Waynesburg University Sports Network.