3 Ideas To Make The Most Out Of Your College Degree
We all know that having a Bachelor’s degree doesn’t mean as much as it used to. Of course, it’s not that the quality of a Bachelor’s degree has gone down, but rather, it’s that almost everyone is getting a Bachelor’s degree after finishing high school. It’s not so much of a difference maker as it is a requirement on a resume.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that the “Master’s is the new Bachelor’s,” however. In fact, starting a Master’s degree immediately after graduating from a four year program may be a poor financial decision for new grads searching for full time work.
The good news is that students don’t have to have a Master’s degree to stand out. There are many opportunities and resources for students at universities that they can use to differentiate themselves while still in their Bachelor’s program. We’ll take a look at some of the low-hanging fruits now.
Internships are becoming more and more important for graduating students. Many of them lead to full-time jobs and even if they don’t, they still show that you have enough experience to start one somewhere else. Applying online for hundreds of internships may not be the best course of action; students should consider meeting with a Career Services representative to discuss possible options.
Clubs and organizations
Whatever your major is, there is probably a relevant club at your university. Participating – or even better, having a leadership role – shows that you’re interested in and dedicated to your major or concentration. Also, clubs and organizations may provide you with invaluable contact information and connections that may lead to your first job.
Study abroad could very well be the best decision you ever make. During a year or semester abroad, you can pick up a new language, learn about a different culture and improve yourself from within. It’s a year of growth and discovery that you won’t be able to experience in your hometown. Talk with a study abroad advisor to find an exchange program; it might actually be cheaper than living at your home university.
You can see how these three activities would separate your resume from the others. And they’re not just “resume builders,” either. They improve you both as a person and as a professional.