This blog post was written by guest blogger Joshlyn Willis.
The world is filled with missed opportunities and possibilities for greatness and after reading Lauren Berger’s book “All Work No Pay” I decided I wouldn’t let another day go by without trying to seize one more chance at finding out how I wanted my future to play out. Hence the title; the following is how I capitalized on something small, my Freshman Orientation at UNT, and started shaping a path that will hopefully lead me and you to a more prosperous lifestyle. *Note these may be interchangeable as per your key interests. As long as you capitalize on the moment!
My personal targets were the Career Center, Library/Book-Store, Student Organizations, and Student Money Management.
Career Center- While it might be a tad intimidating; talking to the people who are running the Career Services booth is both an invaluable and crucial step in your overall development. They provide information for what they offer students such as: future career/job fairs, one on one advising, resume critics, and so much more. For my wallflowers who might not feel comfortable asking questions just yet, it’s still best to stop by the booth and pick up flyers and brochures, that way you’re not left in the dark about what your school has to offer.
Library/Book-Store- Resources and Research- these are key things you’ll be needing to do, not only in college but also with many entry level jobs which will require you to do endless amounts of research! Whether it’s for analyzing market segments to develop new marketing strategies or making a trend report; getting to know the dewy decimal system and taking advantage of peer reviews on term papers can lay the ground work for things to come in the future. Not to mention it’ll impress your English Comp professor!
Student Organizations- Remember when you were applying to colleges and you had to make a list of all those afterschool activities you participated in? Well this is the same principal. However, unlike high school where you could get away with joining a bunch of clubs, your best bet is to tailor the groups you join to accommodate your interests and personal career goals. By joining organizations and getting involved you show your future employer that you took an active interest in yourself and in your campus.
Student Money Management- While it’s not Financial Aid, Student Money Management is one of those greatly underused tools that help you figure out how to handle your money while in school. From basic living expenses to learning a quicker way to pay off student loans, this one-stop-shop is a hub of information for all things financial. Because when you graduate you might not be receiving that $100,000 salary right away so it’s nice to know you have the basic financial skills to survive till the big bucks start rolling in.