A College Graduate’s Reflection

shutterstock_164842304As I sit here two and half weeks from graduating college, I feel so many different emotions. I feel proud, anxious, nervous, excited, happy, and sad all at the same time. In my last semester as a student at Georgia Southern University I have learned a lot about preparing for the future and searching for a first career. At the heart of interviewing and everything that leads up to getting your first job, is your resume. I am very thankful for the professors I have had that have taken resume building as seriously as they have. I feel as though many times students feel very lost when it comes to creating your resume and are not aware of all the help out there to build a solid resume. I would encourage all students to get as much experience as they can throughout college, get involved and be active in your college community, and have at least one internship on your resume.

Another thing I would highly stress, like I have before, is the importance of having a LinkedIn account and being active on it. LinkedIn is the main way recruiters are looking for people for job openings. It’s a great way to show off your skills and experiences in a professional way while connecting with other business people. It is a great way to network and should be used more frequently by college students!

An obstacle I have been facing while job searching is not exactly being sure what it is I want to do. Being a Marketing major Management minor I can go so many different directions in my career. Most business entry-level jobs are in sales and I feel confident I will be successful in any sales job then can hopefully one day work my way up to the marketing side. I have really enjoyed reading the articles I post on the Social Media Trends for Small Businesses LinkedIn page because it has taught me all different ways to market a company using the social media platforms.

As the college chapter of my life comes to an end, I can’t help but to be thankful for all of my experiences, good and bad, in the last four and a half years. Georgia Southern University has taught me so much not just in school but also in life. I cannot wait to begin this next chapter of life and look forward to everything I will experience in my future years!

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