Preparations For Career Employment

by : James Brown

Most colleges and universities take an active role in preparing graduates for career employment opportunities. During the senior year, college students are often required to attend several classes that will prove most beneficial for the career they have chosen. Specialized careers in professions in the medical arena or engineering might require on-the-job training for one or two semesters before the student is considered ready to pursue a career after graduation.

Most college students are prepared for entrance into the world of business because they attained good grades in classes such as accounting, finance, and mathematics. Preparing for employment in the real world is self-paced at times because some classes required hands-on training through the completion of workbooks and other work experience was gained by part-time employment.

While attending schools, students had other opportunities to prepare for career employment. Completing class projects on time taught students to meet deadlines and work as a member of a team. The team player concept is very popular in the business world and prospective employers look for this trait in all applicants. While employers are conducting interviews, they are looking for individuals who are top performers and capable of independent thought.

Graduates will be better prepared to enter the business world when they are exposed to hiring professionals when they visit the schools on career day. The students will have the opportunity to speak to each employer individually about the type of benefit plans their company offers. They can brush up on inter-personal skills while conversing with the employers and use these skills when they go on the first interview. Some college students will note how the employers dress and emulate that look when they dress for the interview.

The professional development class at school will prepare the student for working in the business world by educating them about the importance of preparing a professional resume. Students will also learn how to dress in the workplace and they will often have to undergo a mock interview during the final weeks before graduation. Faculty members will advise each student on what changes to appearance should be made before the actual interview and some will be provided guidance on how to improve their interview skills.

The career fairs will have a very positive impact on students who are preparing for long-term careers. At the conclusion of the career day, a college student will have a good idea about the current hiring trends in the employment marketplace. Some students gain insight on what it will take to land a position with a specific company and since they have met the executive face to face, they have a very good reference to place on the resume.

Other college graduates will attend the college fairs with a different purpose in mind. They will go to the fair to find out which employers participated, collect business cards with full contact information on them, and use that information later when they conduct a job search campaign. Most college students feel that they have more bargaining power when they have a hard copy of a college degree, rather than interviewing for a position in a company while they are still in a student status.