University Career Center

One Step

It's safe to say the last two weeks have been somewhat hectic/crazy for seniors. As Fall Break concluded, the first rotation of midterms arrived last week and the "snap back to reality" feeling hit quickly and suddenly. It seemed every senior I was talking to last week was busy with exams, interviews or applications. Fortunately every senior was happily rewarded with a Michigan victory over Michigan State, capping our first win over the Spartans in four years.

As November fast approaches, the feeling of not knowing what's next continues to haunt some seniors while questions of all types arise. Should I be participating in campus interviews? Is it time to start actively applying to jobs even though I don't graduate for another 5 months? What have I done that would interest perspective employers? What do I want to do with the rest of my life?

Questions about the future can definitely feel overwhelming. But there are some ways to reduce the stress. First, prepare! As I mentioned, applying for jobs and interviewing can feel overwhelming due to the uncertainty surrounding the whole process. But that is where the Career Center comes in. Over the past 1.5 months, I have seen a wide array of students coming in for resume and cover letter help in addition to mock interviews. If you haven't already done so, come in and talk to a peer or career advisor to get advice and strategies on how to best approach securing the job you want.

Secondly, for those of you further along in the process, the Career Center could be equally valuable. Schedule a mock interview to see how you are doing and to get real advice from people who have been through the process. It's one thing to practice with friends and to talk in front of a mirror, but having the chance to talk in front of an advisor can give you an opportunity to see how you are performing in a real setting, and the advisors can give you valuable advice about your speech, mannerisms and what types of responses recruiters are typically looking for. It's as easy as signing up on the homepage and it could be the difference in securing a full-time job.

And finally, for those of you who are still undecided as to what your future may hold, you are not alone. The career path is different for every person and the Career Center is here to help guide you on your own path. Meeting with an advisor can help you in terms of exploring some of your interests, pinpointing opportunities that may fit some of your interests and/or skills, as well as guide you along the way to not only hear of opportunities but also effectively present your story and be successful in your job search.

Right now is a time for action. A wise man once told me work hard now, play later. That should be the motto for all of us seniors right now. It will pay off in the long run.

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