Let’s be honest, looking for a job, no matter where you are in life, can be tough. Looking for that first job after graduation can be even more daunting. However, the nice part about looking for a job while in school is that the amount of resources available to students is vast. Most universities have really embraced becoming a valuable resource to students in their job search.
To get a students perspective on how you can leverage career services at your university and land a job after college, I connected with Anuprem, a recent graduate from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and new member of the Nicira team at VMware Palo Alto.
Anuprem While I don’t think that it would have been the end of the world if I didn’t have an internship in college, I do think that it helped my chances of obtaining a job. A good internship will attract the attention of recruiters, the first people that come into contact with job applications at a company. It will also give you a sense of what you can expect from a full-time job and what will be expected of you from your teammates.
Anuprem Yes, I do believe that I picked the right course for what I am doing full-time. While I had a rough idea of what my interests were at the beginning of my Masters Program in Computer Science, I ended up not being wrong which was helpful. Having said that, courses are mostly an introduction to a topic and a foundation for an individual to build upon once they start a career. It is a lot more different at work and personally, to me; it might not have mattered a lot.
Anuprem Yes. My university’s career services had valuable information around interview behavior, resume tips and upcoming career fairs, which was quite useful for me. I utilized the career service’s internal website that highlighted available job opportunities from employers that were interested in hiring students from Georgia Tech. I also leveraged this tool to find my opportunity at VMware. The Georgia Tech career services center also worked with a lot of companies that were interested in hiring and connected them with students at on-campus career fairs. Every internship and job offer that I received was because of the assistance that I received through career services at Georgia Tech.
Anuprem Prior to obtaining confirmation that I received a full-time offer at VMware, I occasionally browsed through my university’s career center job portals to see if any opportunities looked appealing for me to pursue.
Anuprem Make use of the career services center at your university. I would recommend that you start working with them at least a year before your graduation so that you can have a clear understanding of what you’re interested in pursuing and also have enough time to search for that opportunity. Outside of your university’s career center, you could also leverage your friends who have already graduated and get their insight on the job search process. LinkedIn is also very useful as you can learn about an employer from their company profile and get connected to the recruiters that help hire for their organizations. Lastly, try to figure out what an employer is looking for in a potential candidate. You can do this by reviewing skills and requirements are for a job opportunity that you are interested in pursuing. Take this information and highlight those pieces in your resume.
And Anuprem’s thoughts on this matter are very true. As a University Relations Recruiter, I know that VMware is not the only company that utilizes career services at certain universities to post job openings for new college graduates. We also work with them to schedule on campus events. For example, this year at Georgia Tech, we hosted virtual interviews for selected students where they had the opportunity to code virtually with some of VMware’s top engineers. Ultimately, my team at VMware finds our relationship with university career services to be invaluable, so as a student it will only help you to make friends with the people in that department as you get closer to your graduation date.
Best of luck!
Kim Hollenshead, VMware University Relations Recruiter
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