When I was a young college kid, I encountered hundreds of people -- friends, seniors, professors, counsellors, etc. telling me "you need to do this" you need to do that" stuff.
And after a while it gets daunting. With so many busy activities going around in our lives, where do we spend most of our time on? And which activities do we neglect?
Let me share 3 things which I'd do and 3 things I'd avoid if I could go back in college -
3 things you can simply AVOID:
1. Debating endlessly if you should do a certification or not (You can do it later)
2. Focusing ONLY on gpa (that's not the only thing that matters)
3. Applying to thousands of job applications without having a systematic approach (why do what everyone else is doing)
3 things you need to focus on:
1. Finding internships, doing projects or any volunteering activities
2. Getting letters of recommendations. This could be from professors or managers or anyone who you'd have worked with -- a simple piece which says -- "Zubin worked with me on A, and performed B, and was able to achieve X,Y and Z results" (you get the idea)
Here's an example of a recommendation letter I received when I worked for Revlon -
3. Approaching your job soon. This doesn't mean you start applying, but it means you start developing connections with important people:
- employees from your dream companies
- recruiters or key decision makers who come to your college during career fairs, information sessions, etc.
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