Tips Every College Student Should Know

  1. When you graduate there’s a likelihood you will not be working in your field of study.
    1. Depending on how the job market is, you may have to get a job for the sake of an income rather than pure interest. While in college, it’s very important to take advantage of certain courses such as free electives and diversify your knowledge because you never know how it can turn out to be applicable later on. It’s very common to hear some people received their degree in communications or computer science and so on, end up in finance or another field.
  1. Avoid debt at all cost, especially from private lenders.
    1. Sometimes the first option can be to cover the cost of education with the easy step of taking out a loan. But we fail to think of the future consequences of taking out a loan. The 5, 10 or 15 years that you’ll spend contributing financially towards repayment of these loans could have been spent building your wealth and investing. Before applying for loans, do some research, exhaust all of your options, speak with a financial aid advisor and apply for numerous scholarships. One thing I failed to do was applying for scholarships. My grades were great enough to be eligible for merit based scholarships but I never took the extra step of applying.
  2. Start looking for a post-graduation job as soon as you approach the last year of your education.
    1. Job hunting strenuous and lenghty process even for people with number of years of experience in their resume. Unemployment after graduation is very common and if you can avoid that to be you’re experience that would be ideal. Take advantage of career services offered within the university, leverage your network (people are generally good and willing to help), if you have a previous internship that you enjoyed then reach out to discuss long term opportunities. Lastly, dedicate a few hours every day to apply to positions and tweak your resume according to the job description.