As cliché as the title of this post sounds, there is nothing closer to the truth. Que anxiety and small mental breakdowns, I know, but it doesn’t have to be that stressful. You have to take it step by step, and don’t worry: we are here to help you along the way.
I have found that out of the endless reasons people put off thinking about their future, there are a few reoccurring excuses my fellow students tell me. I guarantee the majority of you have the same thoughts.
“I still just don’t know what to do with my life.”
I hear this one all the time, honestly, I use this one all the time. It’s an easy scapegoat to put off doing anything about it. You think, well I will figure it out at some point and then I will take steps toward my future. Then SOME point becomes NO point and eventually it becomes too late. Not knowing what to do is not an excuse for not looking into options.
Luckily for you, the Office of Career Services makes it easy. We have plenty of resources for students to explore. We offer the MBTI and CISS tests that help students assess their personality, skills, and interests. There are career planning websites, major/minor explorations, and one-to-one advising. If you are lost, we can help you construct a map to find your way.
“I don’t have a resume, I don’t know how to write a cover letter.”
Again, I’ll be honest, before I knew about the Office of Career Services, I was in the same boat. My resume was a mess and I avoided cover letters like the plague. It’s like a Band-Aid, you just have to rip it off and make them. But, it is only painful for a second and then the hard part is over.
For resume and cover letter help, start off at our website: firstname.lastname@example.org. We have examples and rubrics to help you get started. Additionally, on our website you will find a link to Optimal Resume, which is a great resource to help you put your experience on paper. If you need help or have any questions, you can meet with a Career Services professional to have your resume/ cover letter reviewed.
“I don’t have enough experience and I don’t know how to find it.”
Let me tell you a secret. Every internship or job I have gone into I have had no idea what I was doing. I always end up anxiously telling my mom how unprepared I am. She always laughs at me and tells me that nobody ever knows what they are doing when they start a new job. Don’t let your lack of experience stop you, the only way to learn is to get started. You may be unprepared or under qualified, but everything is a learning experience.
With that being said, we can help you feel more prepared. Career Services has multiple opportunities for students to get ahead. We can connect you with externships (short shadowing trips during breaks), Internships, grad schools, and job opportunities. Resources such as BishopLink and GoingGlobal can be found on our website and are great tools for finding jobs and internships. Nervous for your interview? We can set you up with a mock interview to help you prepare.
The reasons for not focusing on your future are endless, but I have found that the Office of Career Services has helpful insight for all of them. It is never too early to start thinking ahead; come talk to a career expert in HWCC 324 during our drop in hours M-F 10am-3pm.