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One of life’s biggest catch-22 situations is the one where you need experience to find a job, but most jobs want you to have experience before you start. When you go to school rather than work, you find that most of the jobs that people are willing to hire you for are very low paid and won’t always be in line with what you want to do for your dream career. It’s hard enough to keep up with deadlines as a student, but you need to use your time at college wisely so that you can gain experience relevant to your field of study.
Finding work among the hundreds of other students in your cohort isn’t easy! You need to be a step ahead and on the ball so that you can stand out from the crowd for employers. If you’re already working, gaining extra experience and adding new things to your pool of knowledge means gaining some low-cost college credit so you can build up to the college degree you really need.
You need to be able to catch the eyes of any employer you apply to so that you can build your experience and work for a higher salary. When you start from the bottom in a company, you never start on the highest wage around. You have to have the skills and experience built up before you have a chance and there are a good few things that you can do to up your experience and, subsequently, your salary.
Volunteer. As a student, you will be aware of the societies and communities you can join to volunteer your skills. Your particular degree should have a few of those so that you can get specific experience related to your course.
Part-Time Work. Okay, so this is an easy one-upping your experience by getting a job, any job can sound like a cliché. However, employers would rather see that you’ve tried to gain some experience in the working world at all even if it isn’t specific to your degree. Check out these tips for gaining an edge over all those other students clamoring for work.
Integrate. Your tutors and professors are going to be your biggest connection to the outside world. They already work in the field that you are interested in, which means they already have contacts and connections to advise you of. By keeping in touch and keeping those bridges open, you can ensure that you have a backup plan once you graduate.
Intern. This isn’t the same as volunteering in a community manner. You opting to intern means unpaid work for much of the time, but it also means that you can get direct experience in the field you want to work in – bonus!
Finding the right avenue to go down to build your experience isn’t always easy, and the unpaid routes may not be what you want. Have the endgame in mind, though, as you want to be able to work for that high salary, so do whatever it takes to get there.