Students often under use the resources available to them in their college. Most universities in India have a placement cell, but do students use the facilities available to them? From the library to the campus gardens, from reading rooms to the placement center, students often make minimal use of these resources, which are actually available to them for free. But if you want your first step in the corporate world to be meaningful, then you need to find the right job. And for that, you need to use the resources available in your college for career guidance and placement. Here is how to make the most of the resources available in your college in order to jump-start your corporate career.
Industrial projects and visits
Industrial projects and visits are a huge part of college life, especially for those in the engineering and technical fields. Make sure you are a part of these industrial visits. This is a good chance to interact with industry insiders. Industrial projects are also a great way to showcase your knowledge and experience. Corporate companies want the crème de la crème of the current generation, so they are likely to invite students from reputed colleges for such visits.
Talk to your placement officer
Placement cells have placement officers. These might be your peers or your faculty. Be sure to talk to them about the resources available to you. When you know what help you can get, you are more likely to approach them for it. They can also brief you about the workshops being held in the university to prepare students for the placement interviews. Shed your shy mantel, because this is the time to be bold and take responsibility for your future.
Network with alumni
Networking with alumni is also a great way to form connections. Alumni meets organized by universities offers the perfect occasion to chat with a few alumni who are in the same field as you. LinkedIn is also a great tool to connect with Alumni from your college and school. Do not hesitate to reach out to them. Most alumni are more than happy to help students from their alma mater. Alumni might also be able to point you in the right direction based on their experience.
Network with industry experts
If you have been on multiple industrial visits, then you might be in touch with those who led these visits and answered your questions. Reconnect with them before or during your placement interviews in order to see if they have an open position for you. Even if they don’t have any potential job opportunities, it is good to stay in touch with people from the industry. People from the industry also give you the right advice to advance your career.
Attend company info sessions
A lot of companies visit campuses across the country to conduct information sessions. These information sessions are a great way to introduce students to the company and talk to them about company culture. These info sessions might sound boring, but in reality, they ate incredibly helpful in helping you determine if the company is a good fit for you or not. Many companies accept resumes at such events or talk about potential job openings. So, these sessions could prove to be just what you need.
Give mock interviews
Prepare for your placement interviews with the same zeal you would use to prepare for your semester exams. Practice answering questions; give mock interviews, practice speaking in front of the mirror. These tactics will help you gain more confidence while communicating your thoughts to the interviewer. Practice with friends, family or your placement counselor. You could also ask a faculty member to help you with the prep.
Research your potential companies
As a lot of experienced people will tell you, an interview is not a grilling. In fact, it is far from a grilling. Interviews are a medium through which both the employer and the employee get to know each other. It is always a good idea to read up on the company you are planning to interview with. Prepare a list of questions, because this shows that you have done your research. Don’t be afraid to ask about their vision, mission, their current projects, and their company culture. You are allowed to get to know your potential employer just as they are allowed to ask you questions.
Resume and editing services
If your college has a placement cell, they will definitely have resume writing and editing services. If your college does offer such services, we would advise you to take full benefit of these services. Your resume is a single piece of paper, but it contains all the necessary information an interviewer needs to know about you. Therefore, make sure your resume is professional and edited by a professional. Your first impression should be long-lasting.
Take the lead
Take the lead in projects, assignments, in workshops, and during industrial visits. For starters, it looks good on your resume. And secondly, it is a good way to show potential employers that you are willing to take on responsibility and lead the charge if necessary. It also shows proactiveness, which is a skill admired by every single employer and recruiter in the market.
Prepare for the interview
Prepare for your interview the way you would prepare for your exam. Make notes, create flashcards for important information, practice your answers, write them down and edit them, and make sure you are coherent. At least 50% of the interview is predictable. They will ask you to talk about your education, experience, skills, strengths, and weaknesses. There is no reason why you shouldn’t prepare for these commonly asked questions. The more prepared you are, the clearer your communication will be during the interview.
You should not be hesitant to use resources in your college. Every student has the right to avail such services. These have been put in place by the administration for the student body. Placement cells, placement departments or placement counselors play a much more vital role in helping you find a job than you might think. They have the knowledge and the connections to guide you onto the right career path. While you celebrate the end of your academic life, you should also celebrate the beginning of your corporate career.