by Cassandra Rudd
With the excitement of Commencement, it brings to mind what the future holds for many. Graduating from college is both exhilarating and exciting. It can be a time of sadness having to leave the college campus and friendships formed during the past four years. For others, it is a chance to explore the endless opportunities in their professional career. While we cannot be sure what the future will hold for us, we can be sure that change will be an ever present part of it. We need to embrace change and have the courage to make choices. Some graduates will choose to continue their education and earn a Master’s Degree, or maybe even a Doctorate, rather than entering the work force right away. Other graduates will accept a job before commencement and anxiously wait to begin their careers, complete an internship or two until they get the job offer that they seek, and others will be in the job search.
Many seniors advise those still waiting in the wings to enjoy their time in college because it goes by so quickly and that you will soon be a part of the “real world.” Those students who still have time before they put on their cap and gown have a lot to look forward to in the process. Many students do not realize how big of a change it is to leave college and join the workforce. As an employee or even an entrepreneur, it is now up to you to be able to use everything that you have learned from not only your courses, internships or other jobs, but also your experiences as a college student.
While we cannot predict what the future holds, there is one certainty you have as a Nichols College Alumni and that is Career Services for LIFE! Nichols offers access to a plethora of information and resources to students and alumni to help you both before and after graduation. What does this mean exactly? We are here to help you from here on out, whether it is before you graduate, or ten years after! You can set up an appointment to meet with a career coach via face to face visits, email, telephone or Skype. Career Services also offers many resources that will help you to land the job of your dreams, such as:
* Optimal Resume: To assist with resumes and cover letters.
* Career Shift: CareerShift provides an easy-to-use approach for bringing all these parts together to crack the “hidden job market” and for managing the job hunt all in one place.
* Road to Success: Online recruitment database which provides information on career opportunities, On-campus recruiting, career fairs, career advice and much more!
* LinkedIn: This social media based, professional work related site is great for networking! You can even connect with Nichols College alumni! Be sure to join the Nichols College groups including the Nichols Career Services group. (virtual job club)
Career Services wishes to congratulate the Class of 2014! Wishing you all a bright and prosperous future.