Surviving Your Last Semester of College
As a second semester senior, I have been on the job hunt for a couple months now. This is also one of the busiest and most challenging semesters a college student will experience. Between juggling applications, school work, an internship and a part-time job, I have learned how difficult it can be to keep everything balanced, and I know there are others struggling with this too! Here are some tips I try to follow to keep my days productive and balanced throughout the last semester of college:
1) Attend job fairs and events. Job fairs are an efficient way to make new connections and find openings without having to leave campus. Klein organizes great fairs and brings companies and opportunities right to you. RSVP’ing for these events also pushes you to prepare for job hunting in other ways, such as getting your resume approved and preparing yourself to interact with professionals and employers – all things you will have to do eventually. If you cannot attend any job fairs, networking events also allow you to practice talking yourself up as well as open doors to new opportunities. Even simply keeping up with your current network is a great way to put yourself out there as a job-seeking soon-to-be graduate. Being proactive and attending these events allows you to be more comfortable when it comes time to interview and be in that mindset.
2) Include job searching in your schedule (even on the weekends). It can be easy to procrastinate your job search when you have many other obligations on your plate such as a heavy homework load, work, or extracurricular activities. I find a good way to stay motivated is to fit designated job search time into my schedule along with all of my other tasks and activities. Not only does it remind me to stay on top of it, but it also creates more satisfaction when you can cross it off your list. Tending to job applications a few times per week and making it part of your routine allows you to chip away at it consistently rather than putting it off until it becomes too stressful. If you have busy weekdays like me, you can try including it in your nightly routine or even the weekends!
3) Take your time. Finally, be sure to de-stress and take your time! This is important not only because applications require time and care to reflect a good impression, but so does self-care! Between your busy schedule and planning for the future, allow yourself plenty of time to breathe, relax, and enjoy your other activities. Maintaining balance will allow us to make the most of our last semester of college!
This blog post was written by Peyton Pflug, Secretary.