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5 Things To Wrap Up The School Year

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Doesn’t time fly by quickly? It seems like just yesterday we were buying our textbooks to get ready for the first day of school, and now we only have one term left! You may be busy with classes and studying, but don’t get so busy that you forget to do these five things before the end of the school year:

1. Connect

Not with friends, but with your professors! You’re going to want to establish and maintain a relationship with them before parting. Letters of recommendation may be needed for any internship or job you want to apply for over the summer, or if you’re graduating. (This is why it’s helpful to introduce yourself to your professors before the start of the term.)

College Professor Teacher Connection

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2. Link Up

On LinkedIn! Sure, you’ve heard your classmates and professors talk about this site, but is it really helpful? Turns out, 93 percent of job recruiters look to LinkedIn for their next employee. This is a growing trend for future employment. Connect with professors, classmates, co-workers, and other business professionals. Just remember that LinkedIn has a different purpose than Facebook.

LinkedIn Website Page

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3. Portfolio

Put it together. Why before the school year is over? A lot of universities have advanced computer programs to assist in portfolio building. Movie editing software, resume templates, etc. All will help with putting the finishing touches on your secret weapon. When you’re finished, have someone in the career center look it over.

Professional Business Portfolio Binder

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4. Stay On Track

I can’t stress enough the importance of meeting with a counselor to be sure you’re on track to graduating when you want to. Make sure the classes you’re taking count toward your degree.

College Academic Counselor

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5. Be Prepared

At the end of each term, you may feel differently about post-grad plans. Make sure that any options you are considering will still be available (ex. Peace Corp, AmeriCorp, etc.), and that you will be a qualified candidate. Some programs only take young adults up to a certain age, or require you to have a specific degree or course experience. Consider following the programs you’re interested in via Twitter or Facebook – that way, if any changes are made, you’ll know right away.

Girl Outside On Laptop Doing Research

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Have any other tips for finishing the year on a positive note? Let us know in the comments!

Good luck with the rest of the term!

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Working in Public Relations

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Tiana Bouma Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Public relations is a growing field, it is estimated that the industry will grow 23% by 2020. I recently returned from a public relations internship in Washington D.C. with Edelman, an international public relations firm. I learned quite a bit about working in the field while at Edelman and wanted to pass along some of the most helpful knowledge, which can help in any student internship or job after (or during) college.

Tip 1: Ask Questions

I know that sounds cliché, but if you are given an assignment and you aren’t entirely sure about the perimeters in which you should do it, make sure to ask questions. It is better for both you and your supervisors if you fully understand the assignment so that it doesn’t need to be redone.

Ask Questions

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Tip 2: Gain Work Experience

If you want to get a job in a PR agency, make sure to identify the agencies you would like to work for and approach them about work experience opportunities.

Public Relations Workers

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Tip 3: Understand The Media

Watch the news, read newspapers, and read online news. Understand the differences between all news shows and watch other channels beside the ones you like.

Wall Street Journal Newspaper Media

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Tip 4: Become A Social Media Expert

Public relations and media are an ever-changing landscape, it is essential to understand the social media aspects of it now. Facebook, Twitter, and blogs are the new gateway to mainstream media.

Social Media Pages

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Tip 5: Have A Digital Footprint

Potential employers search Google and social media websites for new hires. Make sure to have a clean footprint that will tell the company about you. A blog is a good place to start, but if that is too much, then try starting a Twitter or LinkedIn.

Blogging Digital Footprint

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Don’t be afraid to get out there, be creative in getting potential employers’ attention. If you want to work in public relations badly enough, then you will find a way to stand out from the crowd.

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Post-Grad Depression

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

If I’m completely honest, there have been quite a few times lately where I’m just about to fall asleep at night, and that sneaky little thought creeps into my mind: What if I fall into that group of people who are depressed after graduating? From talking to some friends, I’m not the only one imagining the worst. I know a few people who recently graduated and haven’t had the luck they were hoping for. Some have had to ask their parents for financial help, some have had to give up having a place of their own, and some have had to stay in jobs they aren’t remotely interested in. They’re discouraged, defeated, and depressed.

Depressed College Student Looking for a Job

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Of course, post-grad depression doesn’t just occur from lack of finding a job. Everything changes. Your daily routine, how you spend your time, the friends you see/don’t see, etc. It means starting all over again and it can be a pretty scary thing. Rest assured, you aren’t the only one to go through this, and you won’t be the last. Below are some tips for dealing with post-grad depression.

1. Talk About It

Talk to your friends and family, and even old professors. Venting your worries and struggles is a great form of therapy and healing. They also may have suggestions and advice as to where to go from here.

2. Keep Busy

Make sure you’re doing everything you can to job hunt, take care of yourself, and stay busy. That way, you won’t be able to blame yourself for not having success, as a lot of us tend to do when things aren’t going our way.

3. Consider Seeing A Doctor

Sometimes simply eating right and exercising aren’t enough. A doctor can tell you if you should consider taking anti-anxiety medication or vitamins to help you with your mental health.

4. Therapy

Your family and friends mean well, but a therapist can offer solutions and draw negative emotions out of you that your family otherwise couldn’t. A lot of therapists charge on a sliding scale, so call around for the best price.

5. Pinterest

Didn’t expect this one, did you? Creating a Pinterest board of all the things related to your dream job is a fun and creative way of staying optimistic and hopeful. Create one for outfits you’ll wear, what you’ll buy with your first paycheck, where you’ll be living in a year, etc. It may be just a dream right now, but let your boards be your motivation for making your dreams a reality.

It’s tough out there, but remember to stay optimistic and don’t give up!

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Major Problems

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Sylwia Baran Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

One of the biggest stress factors of a college student that is deciding on a major. If you are one of the few lucky people who enter college your freshmen year with a clear idea of what you want to do for the rest of your life, then you are incredibly fortunate and this does not apply to you. However, the majority of us will change our minds at least a dozen times before we actually choose one definite major.

1. Don’t Panic

The first thing you need to do is realize that you are not alone! Most people don’t have everything figured out their freshmen year; most of us are still deliberating on our majors as sophomores, juniors and some even as seniors. So, don’t stress yourself out and go crazy just because you don’t have everything figured out yet.

Overwhelmed College Student

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2. Variety of Classes

Even if you have an idea of what you’d like to major in, it’s a very good idea to take a wide range of courses before making a concrete decision. So even if you’re a business major, take an art history or media studies course; you’ll never know what works for you until you explore different options. The more variety of courses you take, the more it will help in making the right decision.

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3. Research Careers

When you have a major in mind, research what types of careers and positions you can go into with that major. Then, consider if any of these careers are something you could see yourself doing in the future. Or, research a type of career you are interested in and see what major would be needed for that position.

Woman Searching Internet for Career and Job Research

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4. Your Interests

You don’t want to be stuck doing a job for the rest of your life that you have no interest in. When deciding on a major, consider your interests and what you’d enjoy doing. Work doesn’t seem like work if you enjoy what you do.

Girl showing off her portfolio of design

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So don’t let this stress you out. Simply take the time to explore different majors as well as your interests and eventually you will come to a decision. Don’t create limiting time constraints for choosing a major because they may cause you to panic and not make an informed decision. And remember, you can always change your major if you change your mind, even if you have declared it!

 

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Twitter for Post-Grad

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Twitter has more than 200 million active users, so it’s safe to say some of that 200 million are employers looking to hire your highly qualified and educated self. For those of you who don’t have a Twitter account, get one. Like Facebook, it’s addicting, but unlike Facebook, it’s a bridge to employers, job opportunities, and beneficial connections. Jobvite’s 2012 Social Recruiting Survey found that “more than half (54 percent) of recruiters now use Twitter for their talent search.” It’s become an essential tool for both employers and job seekers (like college students), so get on board! Here are a few accounts to follow to get started.

1. @JobHuntOrg

Jobs, advice, and resources. Just looking over their feed, there are a lot of helpful articles, including knowing when to relocate for a job, mistakes to avoid at job interviews, and how to stand out from other job seekers.

2. @InternQueen

As I mentioned in my last post, Lauren Berger is the goto expert on finding and keeping internships, not to mention other career and workplace advice.

3. @AskAManager

“Not sure what your manager is thinking, how to ask for a raise, whether you might be in danger of getting fired, or more? Ask away.” Insight that’ll prove to be valuable. Also check out @BrazenCareerist.

4. @Ed2010

For those journalism majors who want the latest on openings in the magazine world.

5. @Lifehacker

Okay, not really job related, but still – simple tips and tricks everyone can benefit from.

6. @CollegeTownLife

“Articles, photos, videos, music & everything college.”

Twitter Website Page

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Other accounts to follow: your professors and university, people who work in your field of study, companies you’re interested in, etc. Build up your own following, market yourself via your profile, etc. Put yourself out there and reach out to people and companies. You never know what you’ll find.

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