College Tip #10: Preparing for Your Job Search


Hello!!

Today I’m going to be giving you some tips on how to prepare for your job search. Most of these tips are things that I picked up over my 3+ years in college, and am finding very useful in my job search process.

  • Start early: It is never too early to start thinking about what you want to do after graduation. Whether you decide you want to go to grad school or get a job, taking steps towards that goal right from your freshman year can be really helpful. This does not necessarily have to mean choosing a definite major your freshman year, but if you do, that’s great!
  • Be smart with classes: Work towards getting good grades in school. I know a lot of people subscribe to the idea that employers never look at your grades, but trust me, some of them do. Sometimes the difference between you and another applicant would be your grades. That said, your grades do not define you. Take classes that are related to what you want to do, and in some cases, take ones that are not. If you  are getting your degree from a liberal arts institution, you probably already have this area covered. If not, go out of your way to take classes that teach you  important skills outside of your area of interest. Are you a business major who has taken a creative writing class? Great!
  • Get experience: There are so many ways you can get experience while in school. Here are some of them:
  1. On campus jobs: On campus jobs are a great way to get experience. If possible, try to work for departments or offices that do things related to your career interest. So for instance, if you want to be an accountant, try to get a job with you school’s business office. Sometimes you might not be able to find related work and that’s okay. Just having a job teaches you many things that would prove useful in the future, so just go for it.
  2. Internships: Put your summers to good use by finding an internship. The career services office at your school is a really good resource for finding an internship. Take on a paid internship in another city, or an unpaid one where you live. Either way, you’ll be getting some really good experience.
  3. Clubs, Organizations, and Community Service: Although these are often very informal, they are a good way to learn new things. Improve your leadership skills by serving as the president of a club, or put something you learned in the classroom to test by volunteering to write press releases for a local organization.
  • Actively seek opportunities for growth: Attend seminars, workshops, or conferences during your spare time. They might not contribute directly to your career goal, but they could help you grow as an individual and young professional.
  • Work on your resume: As you go along in your education and start to gain experiences, create your resume and continue to work on it. Your resume is never complete, it is a continuous process. Take it to various people to proofread and check for content. It would be helpful to have someone who knows you review it so that they can give you some helpful feedback.

I hope you guys find these tips useful. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

If you’ve gone through the job search process, and you would like to share some tips, please leave them in the comments below.

Thank you for reading!

**xx Prettywitgla33es

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College Tip #8: What to do when you are bored on campus


Hey guys!

Hope your week went well?!

So I know that there are times when you are just bored with nothing to do. Instead of going to the mall (if your college town has one) or going to see a movie, I have a few tips on what you can do without spending much money.

1) Go to your college team games: Pick out a sport team in your school that you think you might like, and follow their games. I follow the basketball team in my school and attend their home games. If you think you wouldn’t like it, try it out you might be surprised that you actually like that sport. If you still don’t like it, keep going for the cute boys 😉

2) School events: Look out for posters around campus announcing events going on. You might find something that interests you. Plus most of the school events are sponsored using student activity fees, so you would be making good use of your money.

3) Friends, Roommates, Floor mates: Plan an event and invite everybody on your dorm floor. Chances are there are people looking for something to do too. It doesn’t have to be something big, maybe a game night or a tv night. You can even make it a potluck so that there is food, and you don’t have to spend lots of money.

I hope you find these tips useful. If you still can find anything to do after trying all these, feel free to go to the mall or watch a movie 🙂

Thanks for reading.

**xx Prettywitgla33es

College Tip #6: What To Do When You Have A Not-so-nice Professor


Hello!
There are times when you register for a class, and on the first day of class you find yourself not liking the professor. Most people’s response to this situation would be to drop the class. However there are a couple of things you can do, and steps you can take to see if it gets better.
1. Go to class: As hard as this might sound since you don’t like the professor, you need to do it. Attending class regularly, and paying attention would often make difficult professors go a tad bit softer on you. Everybody likes it when people listen and pay attention to them. Trust me, that professor is not an exemption.
2. Go to their office hours: I know this also sound hard. It is more difficult to be alone with someone you don’t like. But this also helps. About 90% of students never go to see any of their professors during office hours. Being among the 10% that does gives you an advantage.
3. Make sure you are not the one with the problem: Sometimes, the professor might be nice, and you are just the problem. You need to make sure that you are being a good student, and not giving the professor a hard time.

If any of these tips don’t work, then you may consider dropping the class. Remember, if you stay in that class and you still don’t like the professor, there is a good chance that your grade would be lower than if you had taken the class with someone you like. Note, the drop in grade will not be the professors fault.

Hope these tips are helpful!
Thanks for reading!
**xx Prettywitgla33es

College Tip #3: Ways to Save Money as a College Student


Hello!!

I’m sorry i missed blogging last week. I had to go to a museum for my art class, and we were pretty much there all day.

So today’s tips are on how to save money while you are in college.

1. Reduce the amount you spend every day on things like coffee, and movie tickets: I am not saying that you should give up coffee; i understand that you might need it as a college student. All i’m saying is that you could buy a cheap coffee maker and save a lot of money from that instead of going to Starbucks. Also, why not rent a movie and eat microwave popcorn with your friends instead of spending $10 on a movie ticket.

2. Get a room mate: Rooms on campus are usually cheaper if you choose to have 1 or more roommates. Even if you live off campus, having a roommate would help to reduce the cost of rent. Who knows, you might even become lifelong friends with your roommate!

3. Buy used books: Books can be really expensive. Why not buy used books and save some money. Some sites and stores that sell used books might even save you up to 50%.

4. Sell back your books: There are some books you have that you know you might never open again after the class has ended. Why not sell it back for some cash?!!

5. Use Cash: As a college student, try as much as possible to avoid using a credit card. Also as convenient as a debit card can be, try to avoid it too. The best way to spend is to pay with cash. Paying with cash helps you to be conscious of how much you are spending, and believe it or not, it saves you money.

Hope you find these tips helpful.

Feel free to comment on how you save or saved money as a college student.

Thank you for reading!

**xx Prettywitgla33es

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