Gaining work experience while you are a student puts you over other candidates when seeking employment, particularly if you are residing in the United States of America.
According to the 2014 Global Employment Trends report, published by the International Labour Organization, About 40 percent of the young people worldwide are unemployed.
The situation is difficult, however opportunities still exist.
Let me give you 5 good reasons why you should start your work life before completing your studies.
- You gain experience
One of the main factors which has hindered young people to seek employment is the lack of experience. An inexperienced college student will obviously be very frustrated to discover that his/her qualification and preparation are not enough to find the job he/she wants.
There are two ways to seek experience before you finish school come out as a fresher so that you are much more competitive.
Get a part time job. Probably working in a fast food chain or as a cashier at the mall is not the job of your dreams or remotely comes close to what you’re studying. However, all jobs will bring an experience of lifetime, will pose challenges and test your skills.
Apply for Internships. Many companies look out for fresh talent. Although they do not offer great salaries, but they allow the students of the last semesters and recent graduates to gain experience and even absorb them in the company later, and pay them off well.
- You will earn your own money
Certainly, it will the minimum wage of your lifetime, but it will give you the opportunity to have an invaluable learning experience and also earn a salary! However modest, your wages can help achieve other objectives that will drive your career.
- You get employment references
Do not just work for money, but also be a good employee. Whatever profile you are in, strive to be the best and highlight your skills. It is not only an opportunity to test new skills, but also when you leave your position, your boss will not hesitate to give you a letter of recommendation.
- Gives an A plus to your resume
Working while studying is not an easy task. In order to maintain your academic performance while working, you will have to be much disciplined, sense your responsibilities more and organize yourself well. Surprise, surprise, these qualities are prized by recruiters as well!
You may have studied accounting and worked as a bank teller, but when a new company recruiter will see your resume, it will certainly leave a good impression on him as he will come to know that you had the ability to study and work. All that is great for your resume and definitely will put you ahead of other candidates.
- It gives security
Working for the first time is one of the most challenging and important life experiences. You learn a lot! And not just the work itself, but other important things which will help you throughout your professional life and work.
Having had a previous work experience will make you feel safer to undertake a job search to finish your studies and help you develop skills. For example, someone who studied Trade and Economic Relations and began his working life in a Customer Module, has all the opportunities to test his bargaining power and ease of speech, skills that could be very useful in the future career.
If you are a student and you have no need to work, you are privileged, it means that your parents strive to give you opportunities to prepare better. But no matter what, if you’re in the last semester of your course then it is important to have in mind that although education opens many doors, having a college degree does not guarantee you a job. It is therefore essential you start a planning your career and get fixated goals.
Author Bio: Rashmi Karan has been writing professionally since 2010, most recently publishing for various websites on topics like employment and education.