Making the decision to further your education is one of the most significant decisions a person can make. When you decided to enroll in university courses, you invested in a dream, not just for your own personal accomplishments but for the legacy you will leave behind for your children and family. With such expectations, you want to make sure you do whatever you can to earn that diploma and obtain the career you have always imagined for yourself.
Here’s the thing: Everyone has a dream, and everyone wants to have that perfect career. There’s definitely competition out there, and wise students understand that. The individuals that attain professional success put in the work and earn their dreams. So, what can you do to be one of these people? The answer is simple: Gain experience early, network while you’re still an undergraduate and use the passion you already possess to drive you forward.
Gaining experience is essential to understanding not just your future career, but yourself. People sometimes come to understand that what they thought would be a great position did not fit them at all. Knowing this before you enter the job market might save you from having a mid-life crisis. Internships, volunteer opportunities, and entry-level jobs offer the chance to capture exposure within your chosen career path (plus the experience looks great on your resume). Below are some links you may find helpful in building up your background experience:
- VAULT – CAREER INTELLIGENCE
On a social scale, most people network every day. Imagine taking just a portion of the energy you use to follow people on Facebook and aim it toward creating professional contacts. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people will immerse you in positivity and help you stay motivated. Joining professional associations — nationally and locally — will allow you to have access to the latest news and technologies available within your career field. Following these groups and networking while you’re still learning in the classroom will give you an edge because you’re already attaining knowledge from a large group of professionals. Don’t be afraid to ask those who are more proficient than you right now for guidance or mentor-ship.
Check out and join some of the associations related to your dream job using the links below:
www.acatcredentials.org – Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT)
www.aafa.com – American Association of Finance and Accounting (AAFA)
www.aaahq.org – American Accounting Association
www.aicpa.org – American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
www.agacgfm.org – Association of Government Accountants (AGA)
www.isaca.org – ISACA (formerly called the Information Systems Audit and Control Association)
www.cmawebline.org – Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA)
www.theiia.org – Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)
www.imanet.org – Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)
www.nasba.org – National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)
www.nsacct.org – National Society of Accountants (NSA)
www.abwa.org– American Business Women’s Association
www.amanet.org – American Management Association
http://ama.Jobcontrolcenter.com – American Marketing Association
www.shrm.org– Society for Human Resources Management
www.hrtampa.org – HR Tampa Chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management
COMPUTER INFORMATION SCIENCE
www.asis.org – The American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
www.acm.org – Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
www.icca.org – Independent Computer Consultants Association (ICCA)
www.ieee.org – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)
www.ncja.org – National Criminal Justice Association
www.nala.org– National Association of Legal Assistants and Paralegals
As you gather experience within your field, you are bound to grow as an individual and as a future professional. Start now and strive to sculpt your rresume into a work of art.
© Everest University Online | Written by: Evelyn Romans