careerBUZZ: Career Strategies Survival Guide

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 8:46am

It's already February! How time flies!  It's that time of the semester where your assignments, group projects, and mid-terms are piling up. As a college student, it can be hard to stay productive and find a balance between classes, part-time jobs, and also campus involvement. Below are some tips to help our Hawkeyes develop their career strategies and make the most of their limited time in college, for it is true that 4 years of college life pass by really fast!

  1. Plan Ahead!

Whether you are finding part-time jobs, internships, or full-time jobs after graduation, planning ahead of time is crucial. Allocate and schedule your time well enough so that you are able to find a healthy balance. Don't forget to practice self-care. Sid Caesar once said "in between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed".

  1. Explore Who You Are!

Keep in mind that your major does not necessarily dictate your future career path. If you are still searching for careers that you might be interested in, you can take online career assessments provided by the Pomerantz Career Center! Feel free to visit this link https://careers.uiowa.edu/students/assessments to take the assessments. Take some time to explore who you are by finding out more about your interests, personality, and values. This step will help you to craft better strategies on how to get to your ideal career.

       3. Develop both Technical and Transferable Skills!

 Skills are important too! In the real world, you will need to utilize different sets of skills to get the job done. So, how do you develop these skills outside of the classroom? The answer is to get involved in campus life. There are more than 500 student organizations on campus, so there is definitely one that fits your interests (If not, you can create your own!). You will be able to learn various adaptable skills such as teamwork and event planning. You can also enroll in courses that teach you how to use unique software skills such as designing database. You are always young when it comes to learning new knowledge.

      4. Serve Your Community

It's always important to serve back to the community. There are various opportunities available for you to volunteer. http://csil.uiowa.edu/leadership/volunteer/ . This provides you with the advantage in learning and understanding your community. It also helps to prepare you to be tomorrow's leaders. Chances you will be able to find the cause that you really care for and be inspired to make changes through volunteer work.

     5.  Attend the Spring Job Fair

If you are searching for internships or full time jobs, then you definitely should attend the Spring Job Fair on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at the IMU. Even if you are not actively searching for jobs, this is a great time to practice your networking and professional skills.

-Written by Nadzreen Ahmad, blogger