If I got my job before graduation, you can too!
Getting a job before graduation can seem next to impossible. The economy isn’t great and finding a decent job can be like searching for a needle in a haystack. Well people don’t lose hope. I am living proof that you can score a decent job before graduation.I can honestly say that majority of my jobs since the age of nineteen have paid over minimum wage. Most of the jobs I have had have been jobs that had benefits and a chance for career growth.
My Job Journey
The first “real” job I ever got was as a residential counselor for a children’s home. I was only nineteen years old and a freshman at Rutgers University. At the group home, I worked with orphaned girls, ages 13 to 19. That’s right. I was supervising kids the same age as me. As a residential counselor, I worked over forty hours a week and was making $13 an hour. Not bad for college student.
I could have stayed at that job and worked my way up but I later decided that I didn’t really want to do that with my life. Instead, I found out that I had an obsession with community structure and real estate. At the time I was studying city planning and urban policy. So, I decided it was time to move on.Get your job before graduation.
I started an internship with an economic development firm. Actually I had two internships with economic development companies. The first one was a home based company and the guy who ran the place was kind of a creep. So needless to say I eventually quit and moved onto another economic development company. I was the only intern for both companies and I got a lot of hands on experience with economic development which was pretty cool.
Anyway to make a long story short, my junior year of college , I ended up getting a job as a regional property manager. I really liked property management. I had no real experience but my resume made quite an impression on my employers. I was a full time student, working full time and from there everything is history.Here’s a few tips on how you can get the job before graduation.
Start Your Internship Early
If your interested in getting a job before graduation, I advise that you start your internship early. This may be hard for some because during your freshman and sophomore year, you may not really know what you want to do. For those of you who know what you want to do, don’t wait for senior year to intern. Internships contribute to your experience which is why they’re so important.
In today’s job market, employers value experience as much as education. Staring your experience early will definitely give you an advantage over other college students or recent grads.
Target Non Profits
Non Profits are easy to get into. They’re pretty transparent, so finding contact information for managers and executives is pretty easy. Usually you can just look on the site and find email addresses or phone numbers. Non- profits usually advertise their job announcements on their site instead of job boards, so the competition for positions are minimal. Also, when people see non profit job postings, they assume that the job pays low. Therefore, they don’t apply.
Don’t Be Too Picky
Remember you’re just starting out and you’re not going to find your dream job right away. When your looking for your first real job while in college, you have to take what you can get. If you come across an employer willing to take you on without a degree, than accept the position and work your best at it. What’s most important is getting your foot in the door and building the experience.
Always Network and Form Relationships
It’s a small world and you never know how the people you meet are connected to you. So, when you meet new people whether it be at school, church, or supermarket, it’s important to be friendly and build a good rapport. The people you meet and interact with will become your references and connections.
Your next door neighbor could be the man or woman that will applaud you for attending college and recommend you to their employer. You never know how someone you know can help you achieve your goal.
Prime example, the woman I interviewed with for the Regional Property Manager position once worked at the children’s home where I used to work. Now I’m not saying that she hired me because we once worked for the same company. What I’m saying is, out of all the people in the world who could have interviewed me; I was interviewed by someone who had a connection to my past job. I mean seriously, what are the chances?
In conclusion, I got my job before I graduated and you can too. You just have to have patience and be determined. It’s okay to start from the bottom and work for your way to the top. If you build your work experience while in college than when it’s time to graduate, you’ll be a very desirable candidate for employers. If you follow my tips. I’m sure you can land a great job before your college graduation.
What do you think about students getting a job before graduation?