4 University Career Resources to Utilize

By Kaitlin Hurtado on March 13, 2024

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As a college student, you will quickly come to understand that it is not all just about going to and from your classes. Your college experience is what you decide to make of it, whether it be joining extracurriculars to cater to your special interests, or using the opportunity to build your career before entering the workforce after graduating.

Luckily, there are numerous resources available to you as a college student to help you excel in your career before securing your degree. Not sure where to start? Keep reading for university career resources to utilize.

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Career Center

One of the most helpful and organized career resources to utilize as a college student is your university’s career center. Career centers are specifically for helping students prepare for successful careers, regardless of where they plan to work or what their current professional outlook is.

Career centers will host a variety of workshops and sessions designed to help students on a variety of topics that are helpful for their careers. This can range from anything like mock job interviews to help with writing and revising resumes and cover letters.

Attending a variety of career center workshops can help you develop some professional skills and prepare you for the beginning of your career. Think of feeling fully equipped to handle your first round of job applications after graduation with the knowledge of how to write your resume, interact with recruiters, and all the other insight you could gain from visiting your college career center.

Career centers will also help you locate the kind of resources you are looking for, but you just are not sure where to start. Help is simply just a matter of walking into your campus career center and asking for assistance.

University internships 

While you may not have the time to get a full-fledged job that caters to your desired career path while in college, you most certainly can land an internship that can help you get essential career experience. College internships can be highlight competitive depending on the company and location, and opportunities may be hard to come by.

Fortunately, there are resources available to you to help you land an internship amid competition. Universities can have established partnerships with select companies to help their students get internships during their college careers, allowing a certain number of students to land internships each semester. This can mean that you are applying within a much smaller pool than a general population you would see in a typical internship application process, meaning it may be easier to find an internship.

Start by heading over to your university’s career center to see what internship opportunities your university can connect you to.

Alumni networks

When you study in a university, you are joining a community that has been established for years and years. When you think of the network you have access to, you may automatically think of your current peers whom you interact with daily, from classmates to fellow club members.

However, your network also extends to the expansive alumni network of your college. These alumni have years of career experience that you can tap into. Your college likely has spaces and events set up to connect current students and alumni to establish some form of mentorship, whether it be through the career center or alumni center.

Don’t be afraid to start the networking early. Having a network of alumni you can tap into for career advice and college advice can be essential in navigating the years ahead.

Career fairs 

Whether organized directly by your college’s career center or not, your college will likely regularly host career fairs. Regardless of what year you are currently in, career fairs can help you immensely in your professional career.

Some fairs will have opportunities for a variety of positions, from part-time internships you can do while in school to full-time entry-level positions for college graduates. Attending job fairs can help you get some essential face-to-face time with company representatives and recruiters, and you never know what kind of opportunities you can come across at fairs.

When attending a career fair, make sure you do some research to make the most of your time there. Consider your goals. Do you want to learn more about specific companies? Do you want to practice your elevator pitch with job recruiters? Doing some work before attending a career fair can help you navigate the career fair more comfortably and ensure you get something valuable out of the experience.

Don’t let your first taste of a professional career happen right after you graduate college. Take advantage of being a college student while you can and utilize your university’s career resources.

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