It’s that time of the year again – Graduation.
A new class has completed the brutal (or epic) 5 years of undergrad, and now it’s finally time to enter the real world.
So…you’re freaking out about graduation, what do you do?
Here are five tips to think about before you leave the beautiful campus of Northeastern University.
1. Contact your academic/co-op advisors
Northeastern University has a bunch of facilities and resources to help us struggling students. You can of course talk to your academic and co-op advisors if you haven’t done so already, however the Northeastern Career Development Service center is also a great place to get advice and information on how to start the search for the perfect job. The best part about it is you can even contact them once you’re an alumni, giving you plenty of time to figure out exactly what works for you (if co-op hasn’t helped with that already).
2. Speak with your favorite professor
Professors at Northeastern are more than willing to advise their students, using their own personal experiences as an example of what you can do. Whether it is Business, Political Science or Arts and Sciences, talking to your professor may seem daunting, but can give you great insight into your career prospects.
3. Create a prospective job pipeline
For those who are more organized, creating a prospective job pipeline is a great way to stay on top of your job search. A prospective job pipeline is a way to keep track of potential jobs, positions or any other form of work that you might be interested in by creating an excel spreadsheet or word document. Examples of things you can include are research and comments about jobs, upcoming interviews as well as employer contact information. This enables you to be prepared and have a timeline set up for you, which will in turn prepare you way ahead of your peers.
4. Read, read, read.
This may seem like a no brainer, but reading is essential for expanding your mind and understanding who you are as a person. Read up on books published by the likes of Elon Musk and Bill Gates to inspire your journey as a successful adult.
5. Definitely, definitely, have a plan
Last but not least, have a plan. Do not graduate without anything set up or no understanding of what you want. After spending 100,000’s of dollars getting your diploma, five years of your young adult life studying, and at least a year on Coop, hopefully you have a vague idea of what you want to do. If you still are not sure of what path you want to venture down, Northeastern offers a variety of resources that are there to help, trying them out is the least you can do. The job market is getting more competitive, and it is evident that those who are prepared and ready have an easier time adjusting to a new stage in their life. With that being said…