With more and more graduates coming out of college unemployed every semester, it’s important to set yourself up for success now. One way to make sure you have a job after you receive your diploma is to start a career before you even graduate. One great way to do this is to build your own career from the ground up while you’re still pursuing an undergraduate degree. As daunting as this may seem, it’s actually easier than you think. Here’s how to get a career started in college in three easy steps.
1. Come Up with an Innovative Idea
Before you can even begin to get your career started, you need a killer idea for your business. When coming up with an idea for a start-up, think about what you are interested in, what you are passionate about and what areas in which you may have expertise. Use your creativity to figure out how to make your passion into a career and start from there. Whether your start up begins as a blog, Etsy site or a website to sell an app you created, all will give you experience, boost your resume and help you graduate with a career already underway.
2. Use Your Resources to Their Fullest Extent
College is one of the greatest times to take on any project because of the inexhaustible resources available to you through your university. As a college student you will have more time, creativity, positivity, motivation and help than in any other time in your life. So take advantage of it. Use the free wireless on campus to do research, establish networks and build websites. Ask your professors for help and advice on your start-up; chances are they will be more than happy to help any student willing to start a career. Use your library to hold meetings, print documents and as a positive environment for hard work. This is the only time in your working life that these resources will be available to you for free, so take advantage of them.
3. Hire Employees or Interns
Once your business plan is in action, it’s time to think about expanding your team, and your university is one of the best places to do that. Recruiting potential employees on your college campus will give you a huge pool of energized, motivated, creative and hard working people to choose from, helping to make your start-up even more successful. If you don’t have the money to hire employees, find a way to turn employment into an internship to help hires get experience and credit. If your project becomes more of a collaborative effort with friends or roommates, who knows, you may have just started your first business with your best friends.
Now more than ever it’s important to start your career before you even finish college. However, with your creativity, time, energy and resources, creating a start-up is easier than ever when you’re in college. Give yourself every advantage you can in college by starting your career early and make your success closer than ever.