There is a hell lot of difference between college life and 'real life'. While studying in college, many of us are living in a cocoon of Carpe Diem, canteens and carefree attitudes! But the working world is very different from college, and you should try to bridge that gap as closely as you can. Because the only thing they tell you in college is to get good grades, graduate and then find a beeline of organizations waiting to hire you. But it's not that easy, folks! Although some people are lucky enough to land their dream job fresh out of college, it doesn't happen for everyone. Here are four things all of you should do to come a step closer to your future goals:
Companies often cite the reason for you being a rookie, lacking any experience while rejecting you as you apply for your first job after college. But an internship while still in college can get you a great hands-on experience that you won't get sitting in a class room. While college especially means three (or four) years of unadulterated fun, if you want to do something productive, you should start interning early! The first thing people want to know when you start looking for jobs is what experience you have.
College is one time when you can explore multiple facets of yourself. Don't restrict yourself to only academics, friends and fun, when you can be a part of whatever cultural/sporting activity you can. Most colleges have dedicated cultural societies like dancing, debating, singing, and other sports like football and cricket. Remember, these are the last three years when you can be a part of something like this. After that, the drudgery of daily work won't allow you to do any of this.
Go out and network as much as you can! Join clubs, get involved, ask questions, connect with potential employers through LinkedIn, make use of the Alumni Base of Your College. A word from the wise: At the end of the day it really is about who you know. If you have the right connections, they can really place you up there, which would have been painstakingly difficult, or sometimes even impossible, had it not been for them.
Express yourself by undertaking a project of your own. It can be a solo project or can be a collaborative effort on the part of your friends. It could be something as basic as a Facebook Page, a small social endeavor or something as big as a startup of your own! Whatever it may be, the thrill of opening something of your own and the problems that are associated with it will give you the confidence to take on anything in the world! So, go out there and take the plunge! You'll be amazed at what type of opportunities you may come across and the heights that your efforts could lead you to.
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