By John Curran
Elm Staff Writer
With the second half of the year upon us and the semester already at a daunting halfway point it may be time for Washington College seniors to consider their post-graduation plans. Moving on to a graduate program for further education is an option, while moving directly into the workforce remains a route many will embark on as well. Regardless of the destination, it’s the journey that counts, and thorough preparation will maximize every senior’s chance of succeeding in the path they choose. For those seeking assistance, the Career Center is available to answer any and all questions.
The Career Center is a powerful asset for any student to use from freshman to senior year. However, for seniors specifically, it can be seen as a tool for maximizing your success in the job market. “Get your resume critiqued in the Career Center…do not rely on online job ads to land your first job – use your network instead,” said Jim Allison, director of the Career Center. A strong resume is an important factor when entering the workforce, and double checking resumes is just one of many services the Career Center provides.
As for opportunities to enhance your attractiveness to potential employers or graduate school admissions officers, the Career Center has a number of services geared towards assisting with student resumes, as well as preparing students for interviews, and much more. A personal meeting with a career counselor is also a possibility. Students are encouraged to call or email the Career Center when seeking to set up an appointment.
The Career Center recommends that students keep a close eye on the college calendar as important dates continue to come up. March 27, in particular, is a date all seniors should mark down on their calendars. The spring 2015 recruiting event will be free for students to attend later next month and will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Underwood Lobby of the Gibson Center for the Arts. The event invites companies, graduate school representatives, and recruiters to talk with and provide information to WC students.
For those who are uncertain and considering taking some time off after graduating, there is the potential to take a gap year. During this period, individuals may take the opportunity to regroup away from the stresses of work and school. Whether students do choose to take a gap year, explore the job market, or move on to graduate school, it should be noted that the Career Center will always be available to all alumni as a lifetime resource.
When asked whether students should seek further education after graduation or turn to the job market, Allison said, “Depends on the field. Often you will need work experience to be a competitive candidate for grad school.” He said, “Hiring should be up, but seniors need to apply now. Especially since the job market becomes uber-competitive after graduation.”
The Career Center is available to all students Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.