The Value of a College Career Counselor
I have now been to see one of my university’s career counselors three times in the past year and I will definitely be continuing to meet with her until either the school year ends or, I (fingers crossed) land a job! The first time I made an appointment was during my junior year to discuss the internship search and how I can enhance my chances of being offered a great opportunity. Since then I have gone twice to begin my search for a full-time job post-graduation (eek!). I always walk away from these appointments feeling informed, confident, and ready to face the challenges of the tough job market ahead of me.
The counselors will never fail to provide the following:
- Knowledge. Too often my response to anyone asking me, “what do you want to do?” is “I have no idea.” This is not necessarily true as I do know the industry I would like to work in and the certain aspects of a career I would prefer. However, I do know there are way too many jobs out there that I have no idea even exist! This is where a career counselor comes in handy. All I had to do was tell her my strengths and what I wanted out of a career and she provided me with many different ideas of jobs and positions that would be a great fit for me.
- Options. Career counselors understand that you may not always want to jump immediately into the working world or maybe feel that you’re not quite ready for a full-time job. Maybe you’d like to travel the world and gain experience that way first! Whatever it is, they’ve heard it before and know how to connect you to the right company, group, or people.
- Resources. Oh, the resources. Endless. They have resources for finding open positions, finding international opportunities, finding alumni to touch base with, practice interview questions, and so much more. Last time I walked out of the office with a three-page packet on how to appealingly present my many positions in a sorority on my resume.
I can never stress enough the value of a career counselor and how they will make the tough job search journey as smooth as possible for any college student with great advice from beginning to end.