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Five ways you can start building your career right now

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Now that you’re in the middle of your semester, you’re well on your way to developing job and life skills. But when school’s over, you’ll need to be ready to apply those skills to a career. Have you thought about how you’re going to turn your education into a job? Don’t wait until the last minute to start making that career connection. There’s a lot you can do right now, during school, including services offered by the college itself. But first, here’s a few simple things you can do to get that career rolling before you graduate:

1. Build a professional resume, even if you don’t think you need one yet

Maybe you already have a resume, and used it to get some part-time work while you’re in school. Or maybe you’re a mature student who knows the ins and outs of the working world. Either way, if you’re just starting school, now is the perfect time to create (or re-create) a professional resume. So, make one, and format it as though you’re applying for your dream career. Don't worry about the fact that you’re in school. When you list your education, just put “anticipated graduation date” beside Centennial College, and the year you’ll complete it.

Don’t have a lot to put on a resume yet? Figure out what you’ve done in school, at work, or anywhere else that can be applied to the resume. Clubs, notable school projects and almost anything else can be used as material. And if it’s still a bit thin? Well, now you know what you need to work on during your school year, which is…

2. Get involved with activities outside your program, and network

I’ve spoken about this before, but there's plenty of clubs and activities at the college you can take part in, both small and large. They’re a good way to add things to a resume, as well as further develop your job skills, and above all else, meet people. It’s personal connections that will help you develop a professional network, something that’s essential to helping you secure that job when school’s done.

3. Visit Career Services

You don’t have to do this alone, as Centennial College has its own resources to help you out with your career. Career Services and Cooperative Education has an office on every campus, and takes appointments from students looking for career planning and employment education. They even take walk-ins. Remember that resume? They can help you write it, and critique what you have. If you have some time, it’s worth checking in. And if you don’t have time, there’s also resources available on myCentennial, under “Student Services.” These include…

4. Use our job board, and go to career fairs

Start your job hunt here! Our school’s board is called HireCentennial, and can also be accessed through myCentennial. It’s populated by companies specifically looking for Centennial College students and graduates, and is a good place to start your traditional job hunt, or pick up some part-time work while you’re in school. It’s more than just a board, though. It also keeps track of important dates and events happening at the Career Centre. Speaking of events…

5. Go to a career fair

Throughout the year, Centennial College hosts events designed to help students connect to careers. Here's a list of current events.

You’re at Centennial College to learn, but you also want to make sure you have a career once it’s all over. The school works to make sure the tools you need are available, you just have to be willing to grab them. Focus on learning in the present, but don’t forget about your future!

By Anthony Geremia