Monday, October 23, 2017

Career Planning - Taking Action

You've made your decision! You're in the clear and it's time to relax, right? Wrong! You have already taken action by exploring your academic and career options. You have already taken action by talking to advisors and enrolling in courses to help you explore various Wharton concentrations. After having developed a more firm academic plan, you will want to turn your attention to what will happen after graduation -- what do you need to do to make yourself a competitive and marketable intern and full-time job candidate (or to pursue higher education)?

Throughout your college experience, look for ways to take control of your career planning. Be attentive to your classes; you don't need a 3.8 or above to get a good job, but it helps to be focused and to perform well in your studies. Get involved in student organizations to hone leadership, public speaking, organizational, and teamwork skills. Take the time to draft a resume and have it critiqued by a counselor. Develop and practice interviewing techniques. Investigate the many resources and strategies for searching for internships and employment, beyond on-campus recruiting. Pursue internships to build your knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as to continue learning more about the field.

Lots of people will tell you what you "should" be doing. Consider all advice carefully, but take everything with a grain of salt. You, ultimately, have to be the one to make the decisions. Your career prospects will not be devastated if you study abroad your junior year rather than take an internship. You need not concentrate in finance to get a good job, even in investment banking. You do not have to have a perfect GPA to be attractive to potential employers. You do need to be active in this process, however, to increase the chances of finding the career that offers the best fit for you.
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