7 Timely Tips for College Seniors

7 Timely Tips for College Seniors
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    College seniors have much to consider over the next several months as they wind down their collegiate years.

    Soon, you'll be walking up on the stage, receiving your degree, and turning your tassel.

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Before you get to that point, however, there are a few things you must consider.

1. Maintain the grade. You may not feel like keeping the pedal pressed to the metal, but this is no time to let up on making the grade. Even a slight pull back can have an impact on your GPA and a lower GPA may cause you miss out on the academic recognition you need. Buckle down and soar through the finish line without letting up.

2. Enjoy these last few months. How do you enjoy college while studying your heart out? You make time to take in fun, memorable events as they occur. If you’re disciplined about your study, research and class attendance times, you’ll find the time to take in a sporting event, go to a party, meet with your club, or enjoy any other pursuit that will give you a sense of connection with your graduating class.

3. Take an internship. It may still be possible to intern for a few months as you wind down your collegiate years. An Internship can provide valuable experience and it can also lead to more work over the summer and perhaps a permanent opportunity later on. Also consider a post-graduate internship, what may lead to permanent work.

4. Prepare your resume. As your final semester starts, update your resume to reflect your current academic progress, your anticipated graduation date as well as your volunteer and work experience. If you need help, visit your college and career office for assistance. You’ll also update your resume once you graduate.

5. Step up your networking. With your resume reflecting your current status, make sure that you attend whatever on-campus recruiting opportunities arise. Purchase an interview suit, practice interviewing, attend career-related events, pass out your resume, and accept follow up interviews. Gain the required practice to interview and network with your peers, professional contacts and other people that can help you out. Be a help to others too!

6. Meet with your college advisor. Before you start your final semester, make an appointment with your college advisor. This person can review your academic progress to ensure that you meet all requirements to graduate. You can also receive career guidance and if you’re planning to attend graduate school, you can ensure that your transcripts are sent out promptly once you complete your undergraduate work.

7. Consider different options. In recent years there has been a dearth of new jobs for college graduates. A changing economy has squeezed out many prospective workers, talented people that may find themselves wondering why they attended college in the first place. If your options are limited, but one or more job offers is available, give serious consideration to what you can find. Your first job does not make a career and it may provide valuable experience and a steppingstone to the job that you really want.

On Time Graduation

Besides meeting with your academic advisor, contact your bursar office to settle any debt that you may have. If you owe the college any money, it will hold up your graduation. Pay all fines and fees now.

See AlsoHow to Announce Your College Graduation

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