College to Career, Pt. 1: Steps Prospective College Graduates Can Take Now

By Kristy Sipiorski Mar 16, 2016
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This is the first in a three-part series to help prospective college graduates prepare for a smooth, successful transition between college and a career in the real world. Part one will focus on steps you can take right now. Part two will offer advice on preparing for a successful job search. Part three will help you prepare for your first day on the job.

If you are a college student who is getting ready to graduate this summer or fall, you might be worried about life after college and entering “the real world.” Here are some tips on how to succeed in the next few months, as you get ready to begin a rewarding career:

  1. Attend career fairs – Attending career fairs is a great way for college grads to network, practice informal interviewing skills and see what the current job market has to offer. When attending career fairs, make sure to dress professionally and be prepared with lots of copies of your resume. Explore Schneider’s upcoming career fairs.
  2. Beef up your LinkedIn profile – Making sure you have a solid LinkedIn profile is going to help you increase your professional network and will ensure that you are getting noticed by recruiters. Requesting a few strategic recommendations can also enhance your early career prospects.
  3. Update your resume – Now is the time to ensure your resume is up to date and mistake free. Ideally you want to keep your resume to one page, so include all of your work history, but only include the highlights of your duties. Keep it concise. When you get the interview that will be the time to get into all the details.
  4. Utilize Career Services – The Career Services department at your college or university can provide a breadth of assistance to guide you in the right direction early on. Specifically, they can help you:
    1. Prepare for job interviews
    2. Write a resume to help you stand out
    3. Search for the perfect internship
    4. Find your dream job
    5. Identify key networking opportunities
  5. Participate in extracurricular activities and clubs – College is a busy time, but by getting involved in clubs and activities, it provides an opportunity to build out some important business skills. You will learn about leadership, teamwork, negotiations and responsibility. Taking part in such activities also shows prospective employers that you go above and beyond and are willing to take initiative.

Explore additional resources for college graduates, and check back Monday for part two on how to prepare for a successful job search.

What questions do you have about preparing for a career after college?

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Kristy is a logistics solution design manager who has been with Schneider since 2011. She has also managed Schneider’s corporate social media initiatives and college recruiting strategy. Kristy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication.

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