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A Lesson For Those Planning to Attend College –Career Advice

Updated on February 1, 2016

Take College Seriously

Take this seriously. You are creating a foundation for the building blocks for your career. Don’t muddle through classes and barely get by, the tools you are learning must be mastered not only for employment opportunities but for your foundation to run your own business.

Intern at least once per year and never lose touch with those you meet along the way. These relationships in which associated and employers can bear witness to your work ethic, dedication, and knowledge: priceless. Gaining work experience in your field, beyond the theories you learn in a classroom, priceless.

Join associations related to your area(s) of interest. You learn more about your field and surround yourself around those who are movers and shakers in your industry. People love to take you under their wing when you express a sincere interest in learning about their field and how they built their career.

Get a degree in something that is interesting to you but more importantly will benefit you. There is no need to finance $50,000-$60,000 in loans for a career starting pay of $30,000 a year. Math, science, engineering, and information technology pays. Sciences and specific fields of law also pay good money. Don’t go to school, rack up a bunch of debt, and end up with loans you can never really pay back. If you want to make a difference, volunteer, but you cannot afford low wages when you want to eliminate as much debt as possible in your life.

Be open to dimensions of your interests

Be open to all the dimensions of your interests. Like statistics? Statistics is the ability to determine probable outcome given certain data. What areas are open to you? Statistics can land you a career in bio-statistics, actuary, biostatistics, risk analysis, government, market research, statistics in sports, etc. Make sure you have several options within the field of interest.

Make it count. Remember you are building your career and the building blocks for your future. Take this journey seriously. Be the big fish in the small pond or be a contender in a larger pond. Try our best to stand out and graduate in the top 20% of your class.

Work In Your Field

Once you graduate college do not settle for a job that is safe. Find a job that speaks to your passion and is directly related to you growing in your field. If you love math but you work as a prep cook it’s going to be a hard sell for you to get into your field at a later date. You will show no practical experience or growth in your field and you have wasted your time. When you leave college most of you have mastered living on small money. Maybe you and a remote can both rent an apartment so you can gain experience in your field rather than taking a job with more money that has nothing to do with what you want to do in life. You are wasting your time if you don’t pursue the career that compliments your future goals. What does customer service have to do with engineering-nothing! It’s better to sacrifice in the beginning while gaining the knowledge to enrich your life gaining hands-on experience in your field. You want to build years of experience in your field not years of experience away from your field of interest. When you take jobs in your field you continue to learn new technologies, develop expertise, and philosophies relevant to your field. You also learn the movers and shakers in your field. Keep up with people that share an interest in your field via organizations and tools such as linkedin. Live, breathe, and study your field using free tools such as yahoo, google, and other online tools-it’s free. Never stop learning, it will help you to continue to stay relevant in your career field.

Higher Learning

Work Now Play Later

Work now, play later. When you get out of college I encourage you to take the vacations once or twice a year with friends. You have to enjoy life but you need to make time to attend conferences and events that are associated with your career field. These experiences you have are great resume builders to show your serious dedication to your career field and advancing your career. If you do this, I can guarantee you will be more successful financially and go further in your career than you would ever expect. By the age of 30-32, you will be in a great financial position, experiencing promotions and financial wealth. You will experience success if you sacrifice for now rather than keeping up with the Jones’s. Buy an affordable car, get a roommate to split rent, keep no credit card debt, and learn to use groupon, overstock, expedia, and other tools to save money. When you get in your 30’s you will thank me for this.

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    • realtalk247 profile image
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      realtalk247 2 years ago

      Michaela Osiecki

      Not for those that are rich. Internships can be limited in nature meaning only a few hours per week. You can still work and go to school. I've known people that worked full-time and went to school part time.

      Students can stay at home rather than moving into a dorm.

      I try to embrace solutions and not excuses.

      Most of the article was based on choosing profitable fields to study and is a great guide to building your future.

      There are companies, depending on your major, that place you on management trainee tracks.

      The greatest gift you can give yourself is to never base your life on most peoples fate. If you believe you are exceptional than you will experience exceptional. If you base your life on average you will be average and most likely fail.

      I hope this article inspires students.

    • Michaela Osiecki profile image

      Michaela 2 years ago from USA

      This is all great advice for students who already come from money and can afford to do free internships every summer or have the time to volunteer between classes, but that's simply not a reality for most college students.

      Let's take into consideration the economy as well - most college grads have a hard time finding work in their field immediately after graduation because most companies are not hiring entry level and if they DO hire, they do so from within. This makes it very hard for someone just out of the gate to get their feet in the door.

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