The 4 smartest things I did for my career before I graduated from college
- Your career path is unlikely to be a straight one that leads directly to your dream job.
- There are things you can do in college, like interning and finding a mentor, that can position you as a qualified candidate for your dream job.
- Here are the four smartest things author Audrey Noble did in college that helped kick-start her career.
No matter your field, many people who are applying for your desired job may be just as, if not more, qualified than you. For example, I grew up and went to college in Los Angeles, with no connections to the magazine world (which is largely based in New York City).
I knew that my resumé wasn't going to be filled with the same big-name brands someone who had gone to school and done multiple internships in Manhattan, so I looked for ways to find an my "in" while I was in college across the country.
If I hadn't done things like find a mentor and go on informational interviews, I may not have gotten the job that kicked off my career. Here are the four of the smartest things I did before graduating that got me to where I am today.