“12th tak padh lo beta, uske baad life set hai”
How often have you come across this statement? Twice? Uncountable times?
Well the pain is real.
Since the very beginning, college life has been glorified in Chetan Bhagat books as well as on screen. “Kuch Kuch hota hai” taught us that college life will be about fests, canteens, bunks, a tomboy girl falling in love with her super stud best friend and lots of fun. But as bad as it may sound, reality is much more different than what they show on Screen and when reality hits hard, trust me then “Kuch nahi hota hai”.
College is the time where you can experiment and explore your career options and prepare yourself for a great future ahead. So, just like Jammu & Kashmir’s new IGP Traffic Basant Rath, set some ground rules for yourself while in college, follow the below mentioned advice and you are all set for the competitive world after you graduate.
Career Guidance | Cool Things to do in College
1. Attend College-Sponsored Events & College Fests
What may seem to be a boring lecture organized by college may actually give you some deep insights about your future. If there is a workshop organized by your college, or if they have invited a renowned face for a guest lecture, or if there is an educational event (which may sound boring), make sure you attend these events. You are the thinker of your thoughts so make sure you feed your brain with a lot of constructive thoughts.
Participating in the college fests and joining organizer clubs is definitely one of the many fun things to do in College. Try to take charge to organize the college fest from the base level, visit places to get some good sponsors for the event, prepare a guest list, Bargain to get a really cool DJ at an affordable cost. All this will help you learn how to socialize and give you knowledge about how things work in the Professional World.
2. Develop the Art of Conversation & Improve Communication Skills
Having a quality network when you start working is a must have in today’s world and it is a fun thing to do in college. So start building your network and it can start with something as simple as talking to your professors after the class and having healthy discussions with them regarding the topics you recently researched, discussing plans, asking them about various courses and internships that will help you in your post graduate goals. Add them in your LinkedIn network and your networking with them may get you a personalized letter of recommendation from them that will be of great use.
Use the college campus and resources to improve yourself for your overall development. Visit your college library and go through the bookshelves read books by successful people who made it big despite all odds. Learn how they conquered and what piece of advice they are giving out. Reading books will add to your vocabulary and help you improve your conversational skills.
3. Visit Placement Office and Learn How to Build your CV
Many of the college students come to know about the college placement cell when they have to get their NOC signed. Visit the placement cell of your college and learn how to build a resume/ CV. Search about the potential employers & connect with people and research on how to write an effective cover letter, learn how to rock in group discussion or an interview that will prepare you for a better future ahead. Trust me it is far more reliable than the free advice we usually receive from our relatives or ‘pados wali aunty’.
4. Go for Internships
Internship for college students is just like an audition before you finally set your foot in the workplace. If an employer had to choose between an experienced person or someone who has never worked before, he’ll definitely go for the experienced one as he would consider him more reliable. Contrary to the popular belief, the 4-5 month Internship is actually a good investment for your professional future, since you learn how things work in the actual work environment. And your experience certification helps you land a job easily.
Nowadays, Digital Internships are trending.
Digital Marketing is the next big thing in the market and with the changing marketing trends and increasing job opportunities in the same, an internship in Digital Marketing is fruitful in the long run. Statistics reveal that this industry will experience a rapid increase in the job opportunities which may generate more than 20 lakh jobs by the year 2020.
viaENS is an organisation that has empowered more than 3000 students across 40 colleges in India into Blogosphere and Digital Marketing Industry through their online/ offline programs. After the viaENS Digital Internship you’ll receive a Digital Marketing Certification and moreover they also helps you get certifications from Google, Facebook, HubSpot, etc that will add great value to your resume and will help you land a job easily.
5. Apply for a Part time Job (Start your own Blog)
The feeling of earning your own pocket money while you are still in college is priceless. You’ll start scheduling your academics and work hours which will teach you time management skills and will make you more organized and punctual. If learning is your primary motive, then you should also start a blog online. Choose a niche you are passionate about and start working around it. The time you spend on blog will in turn get you Respect, Value, Name, Fame, Money and maybe your Dream job. You can start your own Food Blog, Travel Blog, Fashion Blog, Writing Blog, Photography Blog etc. Share what you love and get paid for it.