It is obvious that you will be faced with fierce competition in the professional world once you step out of your college campus threshold. Since there would be many applicants out there possibly with similar academic credentials as yours. However if you get prepped up whilst on campus following these 10 tips, you are sure to stand out from the rest.

  1. Update your CV

Graduates often overlook the fact that a CV usually gives an employer first impression of their skills and personality. It is, in fact, one of the most important documents yet crafting it is not an easy task. Spending some time on perfecting it will help you make your mark even if it means going through trial and errors. Consider attending a CV writing seminar or taking an online tutorial to help you craft a winning résumé. Approach your mentors, professors or even your classmates who know you personally enough to highlight your best selling points.

  1. Train as an Intern

Don’t miss the golden opportunity to intern while you are studying! Is it the best time to level up your practical experience alongside absorbing knowledge on campus. Also consider that in some countries like the UAE work experience matters more than academic degrees, even if it has been in the capacity of an intern. You can start by contacting your university’s corporate resource center (CRC) or placement services to get heads up about internship or traineeship opportunities. At the very least you will receive training on skills that you may need to improve and it will only help you stay ahead in the rat race once you graduate.

  1. Take Advantage of Technology

New technologies have made finding work both easier and more enjoyable, so make sure you take advantage of these tools as much as you can. Social media platforms such as LinkedIn are rapidly changing the recruitment process. That’s why it’s essential to keep your profile up-to-date and professional (the same goes for your website if you have one). These platforms also mean you’re better able to navigate the job market, exploring relevant potential positions on a global level, quickly and easily.

 

  1. Develop Contacts

According to a recent report by LinkedIn- the global professional networking portal- about 85% job vacancies across organizations are filled via networking before these positions are even advertised. So what if you don’t get to meet professionals? You can develop contacts even on campus, while volunteering, interning and even while attending worthwhile events. Who knows someone you came in contact with today, may be of help to you for stepping up the career ladder down the line.

  1. Hone Your Professional Skills

The Professional world will continue to change, however, there are certain skills that never go out of fashion, and your school is the perfect place to work on them. With student organizations, clubs and on-campus activities you will have a lot of things in participate in. And these will towards the end only help you evolve personally and professionally. Knowing how to work well in a team, good communication skills, being able to creatively solve problems, and being self-motivated are all traits that are sure to stand you in great stead when you take on the workplace.  So make every single day of yours on campus count!

  1. Visit a Career Centre

Universities often have free services to help guide you through the job search, helping you find internships, and counseling you on the direction you should take. These career centers may also connect you with previous alumni who can offer advice about what to study further, or how to launch a career. Before you graduate, make sure to visit your local center and soak up as much advice as you can!

 

  1. Work on Campus

Depending on where you choose to study, you will get the opportunity to work on campus whilst studying. If you are a current student or  alumni, then make sure to grab this opportunity and apply for it now. Whether you choose to work as an assistant to your professor or write for the university newspaper,  these jobs will not only prepare you for the working world but will also extend your network.

  1. Guest Lecturers or Speakers

Stay informed about special events in your college where guest speakers and industry experts are invited to share their success stories and real-world experiences. Takeaways from such inspirational people can go a long way in your life.  Attend such events and actively participate- ask questions, take notes, even send a follow-up email to these people. This way you will stay in line with an expert who is at the top of things in your field.

  1. Join an Association

Many professional industries have associations with lectures, conferences, and networking possibilities. Find the right one and sign up today to become a part of it, and to keep up-to-date with new developments in your field.

  1. Study or Volunteer Abroad

International experience not only allows you to learn a foreign language but also encourages you to see the world in a different light. No matter what your planned career, expanding your horizons by traveling is sure to bring you closer to your goals.

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About the Author: Tessa Cunliffe, a South African based digital copywriter and marketer, with a passion for travel and learning. Yoga-inspired and coffee-fuelled. Always planning the next adventure.

About the Co-Author: Mustafa Sutarwala is an all-round creative marketing graduate from Amity University Dubai, and is currently working in Dubai. He's inclined to digital marketing communications and works as the Creative Ninja for SchoolApply.