Step 2: Explore Careers
The best way for you to discover what you would like to do with your life after college is to explore different careers. You can do this in many ways including: doing informational interviews, reading and researching various careers, and getting experience through internships, part-time jobs or volunteering.
Williams Resource Library: Located in Career Services in the Dietz Center for Professional Development, the Williams Resource Library houses more than 220 career-and job search-related books, more than 25 magazines and journals, and more than 30 current job-posting and internship-posting binders. The library also has information files for more than 400 companies and organizations. In addition, the library also has extensive information on graduate and professional schools around the country as well as information on many of the various graduate admissions tests.
Internships: In today's job market, having internship experience is almost essential in many fields. Internships are practical work experience students are able to do in their career field before graduation. Many students choose to do their internships for credit at Franklin College during Winter Term or during the summer. Occasionally, students will do internships during the regular semester.
Networking: Whenever possible, students are encouraged to begin networking with people in their chosen career fields. It is important to start with people you know such as friends, family or professors and work your way out. It is surprising how quickly you can build up your contacts and gain valuable information about different careers and job opportunities. Remember, it really is WHO you know that oftentimes gets you that great job.
Volunteer Opportunities: Another great way to gain experience is through volunteering. The experience that you get when doing volunteer work is often invaluable; plus, many companies and organizations today like to see volunteer experience on your resume.