With the school year ending, here are some useful tips from the Ask a Tech Teacher crew for students preparing for college or career:
School and Job Tips for Young Adults
The marketplace for good jobs has always been highly competitive. In the current economic climate, a solid education can serve as the launching pad for a rewarding career. But how can young adults get the training, schooling, and experience to get a job they enjoy? The good news is that there are plenty of effective tactics for diligent students and young professionals who want to make the most out of their education and training.
Besides creating a top-notch resume, modern college-bound people take the time to search for scholarship awards that can offset some or all their school expenses. They also take advantage of summer internships, both paid and unpaid, to acquire up to date workplace skills. While getting ready to take standardized tests in high school or after, prep courses can assist motivated candidates in achieving better scores.
Other no cost learning resources include institution sponsored tutoring programs, online seminars, and self-help guidebooks. For those who find it a challenge to get homework done on time, fixed study hours are a practical solution. Finally, remember to seek guidance when choosing a major field of study. Here are more details about how to navigate a collegiate career and land that first job after graduation.
Write a Resume ASAP
Writing a resume is more than just a way to showcase your skills it is a two-step process. The first is to go through the motions of putting all your relevant education, work experience, and other data down on paper. Don’t worry about including an “Objective” at the top, as moder day hiring managers may ignore it anyway. Additionally, skip the intensive search for spelling and grammar errors. This is a first draft, and the main goal is to include all the pertinent personal and professional facts.
Part two is perfecting the document. Unless you are a certified resume writer, spend a modest amount, usually between $100 and $200, to have your rough draft transformed into an error-free page that will help land you interviews. Certified experts know how to navigate corporate ATS (applicant tracking systems), an algorithm-based tool that recruiters use to sort candidates for potential interviews. Note that the greatest resume of all time will not get you a job. The sole purpose of the document is to get interviews. Your performance in that meeting is what gets or doesn’t get the job.
Be Savvy About Financing a Degree
Earning a degree and paying the related expenses are separate but equally formidable challenges. How do modern day young adults find money to finance an education? One way is to explore all the scholarships for college students available via online resources. Don’t expect to find one award that covers everything. Most applicants try to win multiple scholarships to offset a portion of their tuition and other school-related bills.
The most efficient way to begin is to use a one-stop online platform that lets you search and apply from a single website. That way, you don’t have to waste time applying for awards for which you’re not eligible. Instead, it’s possible to hone in on the right scholarships and apply for several at once.
Leverage the Power of Internships
College juniors and seniors can gain from working as an intern during the summer or semester breaks. Nothing looks better on a resume than a stint as an intern, paid or unpaid. For so many new grads, it’s the only relevant work experience they have. Frequently, companies for whom you work as an intern will hire you for full-time positions after graduation.
Use Free Tutoring Services
Most high schools and colleges now offer free tutoring. There’s one catch in that you must ask for it. Whether you are in dire need of extra help or not, it’s worthwhile to work with an experienced tutor to bring your grades up. Students who take advantage of these resources tend to do better all-around in their academic pursuits. Tutoring is a gateway to better achievement and is not just for those who are falling behind or having trouble in a particular course.
Get Help Selecting a College Major
Too many students jump directly into a major during their second year of college. Unfortunately, many choose a subject based on what their friends suggest, what their parents majored in, or what they think will look good on a resume. But the decision is so important that it’s wise to get professional help finding the perfect choice. Speak with the school’s guidance counselor for suggestions. They are experts at assessing students’ abilities, goals, and other factors that go into choosing a suitable major. Note that it’s okay to shift gears and select a new subject if your first choice doesn’t work out.
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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.