Three Ways to Jumpstart Your Career
This post was written by Peer Career Ambassador Owen Shea ’17.
Here are three ways you can jumpstart your career:
- Explore interests
How will someone know if they find something interesting? You have to try it out! Clubs, organizations, and events on campus are three effective ways to explore your interests (or even develop them). If you gravitate towards an event or club, you will continue to develop those interests. If you don’t like something then you can rule something out as a career path and that dislike may spark some curiosity about a given field or area of study.
- Utilize the Undergraduate Center for Career Development (CCD)
CCD has several resources at your disposal: advisers, peer career ambassadors, events, job postings, connections, workshops, interview prep, resume critiques, etc. Stop into CCD and introduce yourself! Developed relationships with the CCD team will only help you down the road as you prepare for your career!
- Reach out to alumni, friends, and family
Your network is your single most valuable tool. Leverage it because you never know what may come of conversations! Informational interviews and career chats are extremely beneficial to your learning and critical to your success. People want to help you as they were once in your shoes. Reach out to Babson alumni and family friends. How should you go about doing so? If you cannot get a formal or email introduction, send a quick email that is clear and concise explaining you want to grab a coffee. They can offer insight into companies, industries, and personal experiences. Often times, if you ask, they will put you in touch with more contacts and you will begin to develop a network. Preparing for these meetings are very important.
Lastly, enjoy the process of discovering what you may want to do for the rest of your life!