I’ve seen too many bright students go to college and sit silently in their classes. Like little, hangover ridden ghosts, they sit behind their laptops, tapping away on Twitter or Facebook, only half-listening to their instructor. I’ve honestly got to say, this is one of the biggest wastes of time that I see. Think about ityou have a highly trained and respected authority sitting right in front of you, a person with a definitive network of professionals, and you’re ignoring him. Even if you pay attention in class, you’re doing yourself a disservice by not communicating with your instructor! He or She is an authority in their field. They network regularly with higher-upsthe same people you’ll be seeking employment from in a few years! You need to become buddies with your professors. Talk to them after class, ask them about potential opportunities to learn more about the subject. Pursue them about internships or openings in their department. Ask them if they have any colleagues in the private sector who are willing to help you. BE SHAMELESS!!! This is how people succeed in the world! Through networking! You have a high-ranking authority in your field sitting right in front of you, and you’re wasting you’re time if you don’t take advantage of his/her knowledge.
We’re not all 4.0 students, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make an honest attempt to get better grades. Even if your past few years of school have been a dismal showing, you can always turn it around. Whenever you hit the job market, just remember this… there are always going to be people that are more charming than you, more experienced , and with better academic records. But you can’t let this get you down. You just have to realize that everything’s stacked against you, and you need to do your absolute most to overcome it.
When’s the last time you’ve talked to your professor? Or how about this…when’s the last time you’ve stopped by his or her office hours? If you’re like a lot of students, then your answer is rarely, if not ‘never’. Well, this is one of the biggest faux pas that students commit in college. Not just because they’re missing out on a good education, either. This professor is an authority in his field and he has a multitude of connections with employers. If you become chummy with him, then he’s far more likely to recommend you to people whenever there are open positions. The employment game has changed, and the most important thing you can do is to cast your proverbial ‘net’ wide in hopes of gaining employment.