Many students are somehow led to believe or are fooled into thinking, usually by themselves, that as soon as they finish their last year, they will be able to land an amazing entry-level job and climb up the ladder quickly and will start making a boatload of money in no time. Well, this is quite unrealistic, especially in today’s economy and job market unless you truly have something really impressive to offer that your peers cannot.
Thus, you should always be prepared and take the necessary measures earlier than you need to. Remember, this very simple advice does not just apply to your transition from college to the start of your career; this applies to almost everything in life.
Whatever major you are and whatever you are interested in doing after school, you should definitely prepare for it as soon as you start your senior year, if not earlier. You can check out all the job postings online and even apply online for a few just to see what the feedback will be. During this time frame where you are looking for options and applying for a few jobs, you will also be perpetually modifying and polishing your resume which will eventually pay off in so many aspects of your journey to your dream job. Moreover, you might already have a couple of very specific places you have wanted to work at after you are done school so you might want to try to figure out a way to make some connections with your potential employers.
Do not apply for every job you find intriguing too early because there are employers that can be quite strict about just hiring graduates and as you are still in the process of being done with school, do not be hasty. Do your research and try to make connections first. It is all about testing the water. Furthermore, you might be able to find a job before you even finish school. It might not be specifically what you have been looking for or it might not be completely close to what you have been dreaming of doing but it is a start.
If you have an entry-level position, of course related to your field in some way, before you even finish school, you will have a head start. After you are done with school you can keep looking for options and keep applying for jobs but guess what? Because you already have a job, during this process you will not be broke and unprepared. Everything might still seem simple and familiar because you are still in school but remember in a year or so your life will have started to change in so many ways so get ready and do what you need to do in order to realize your dreams.