Every student knows that college time is a time to expand your horizons, sharpen your skills and gain knowledge, but it’s also super fun, enjoyable and almost carefree. But, although it’s just the first step towards building your career, it’s crucial to think of your future and do something to enhance your CV while you’re still studying. This will give you a major advantage, because you’ll already have a good background and experience that companies are seeking from new employees.
But what can you do to gradually improve your CV if you’re still in college? We’ve come up with a list of ten things that will aid in your career and show more prominence to potential employers in the future.
Extra-curricular activities will look great on your CV because of two major things. Number one, you’re showing that you like to take charge and take on new challenges. Number two, you’re gaining valuable experience early on. It might be a sports club, a student committee or a mentoring program, but each and every activity gives additional worth to your CV.
Even if it’s just for a few weeks, it adds significance to your CV in the sense that you’re gaining experience. Especially, if it’s related to the industry you’d like to be in some day. It shows that right off the bat you knew what you wanted and were willing to get the working experience as soon as possible.
Work Experience Placements
Sometimes, companies are seeking for replacements, during the time where one of the employees is taking time off, or they are just looking for someone to help out with their load. Although, this might not happen frequently, if you get the chance, grab it. It’s a great opportunity to really get into the industry, and learn as much as you can. Sometimes, it might even lead you to a full-time job offer, if you show yourself in the right light.
Start Working on Your Own Project
Do something that’s not curriculum-related. Start your own project that is related to your major. Go out in the real world and try to start your own mini business. It’s a great way to gain experience to add to your CV, but you’re also showing to your future employers that you are a trend-setter and a goal-getter.
Build Up Your References
You might be wondering how? Well, go mingle with the right crowd. College isn’t just a time to study and cram, it’s also about finding the right crowd and visiting the events where the leaders of your future industry are. You never know who you are going to meet, and what kind of a chance they might offer so that you gain a valuable reference on your portfolio.
Write for the College Newspaper
Even if your major isn’t journalism, writing for a student newspaper can be such a valuable experience. You get to sharpen and practice your research skills, learn how to be resourceful and gain communication and interviewing skills, which is one of the greatest requirements of today’s companies.
Submit Your Writing to Different Publications
You’re already doing a lot of essay writing, so why not turn in your work to online magazines, journals or other publications? Getting your work published in a journal or a magazine is a huge achievement and looks stunning on your CV.
Become a Blogger
Another great way to add to your CV is to write your own blog. Just start writing about what you love the most, or about something that’s relevant to your industry. Not only are you going to show that you have the courage and skills to maintain your own business, you’re going to show interest in the particular industry.
Most students have part time jobs in order to support themselves, but they don’t add it to their CVs. Why not? It doesn’t matter where you work, as long as you are working. Being a college student, that takes a part-time job shows that you’re willing to work hard and you’re demonstrating that you know what true values are.
Take a Course
Online skills especially are cherished by companies these days. Whether you’ve taken a course on a foreign language, programming, design or you want to master your typing skills, it’s a great addition to your CV, as every company is going digital and they need an employee who is fast and up-to-date.
All of the above mentioned are actionable suggestions that any student around the world can do. It’s all about taking the time out to invest in your future right now. Take it step by step, and your future self will take you for it.
Rachel Bartee is an ESL teacher in practice and a part-time writer at Edugeeksclub. She would prefer to go without her lunch just to make her thoughts into worthy writings. She feels inspired by her morning yoga and creative writing classes she is currently attending. Follow her at Facebook.