Being the Student on Top

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There are a number of ways that you, as a student, can use what means you have to land a job in the future.  How do you go about accomplishing this?  Here are some ideas to get you started in the right direction.


Decide what your personal goals are:  By having a personal goal and staying focused will help you go in the direction that you need to be.   You need to know what type of skills will help you in your chosen career.  You will need to make sure you have sufficient knowledge and try to acquire connections to support your goal.


Build a network:  You can establish future business contacts by developing relationships with people you meet.  Your instructors, guest speakers that you listen to, and other students you can build a relationship with by finding areas of mutual interest.  These people can all be future references or business contacts.  You don’t have to be pushy, just drop an occasional email to see how they are and let them know what you’ve been up to; if you feel it would be appropriate.


Be visible on what interests you:  You can start a blog to have an online platform, write an article about the subject and submit it to a magazine or just get involved in an organization that is all about your topic.  What you have to say and what you do will create a perception of how people see you, judge you and their expectations of you and what you can accomplish.


Work on your transferable skills:  Transferable skills are skills that you have picked up from one job and can be used elsewhere.  If you have good project management abilities, how about if you lead a group project?  If you’re strong in communications, try taking a business class to see how it would work for you.  If you’re listening to a guest speaker, see if any of the skills they are using would be applicable to what your skill is.  The more transfer skills you have, the greater your opportunities.


Keeping your eyes focused ahead:  See what steps you can take that will help you reach your goals.  Ask yourself what you want to be doing in five years from now.  What are you working towards?  Once you know what your five year goal is, break it down to smaller, more manageable steps.  Plan backwards to make sure your timeline is workable and you have a realistic step to take towards your deadline.  You want to be positive and follow through with your plans to achieve the desired results.  Clarify your goals and commit to your future, you are the one in charge of your life, so accept the challenge and come out on top.


What goals do you have set for your future?  How are you going about achieving them?



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