As February comes to a close and March starts to creep up on students reminding them that the year is almost over, I find myself less conscious of summer plans and more conscious of the changes coming with this year. Normally, this is the time when I am thinking about what classes I will take next semester, where I want to travel this summer and how I can celebrate the end of another school year. Not this year. I am thrilled to be graduating, as I think almost everyone is, however I cannot help but feel like there are things we have missed.
No, I’m not talking about soaking up the “college life”, or enjoying the “best days of our lives” more, but preparation. Preparation particularly in the form of portfolios, resumes, etc keeps looming in my head. I’ve had countless classes that have focused on this subject one week, or so, out of the semester, yet I am left wondering. Often times we have received varying opinions and methods of how we should go about creating and distributing our portfolios and/or resumes. I have been told everything from do not do a resume whatsoever to only having print copies of portfolios to creating an online portfolio and website, not to mention every possible mash up in between.
With the job market the way it is these days I feel that importance should be placed on developing, not only the skills to proactively market ourselves, but the confidence to to know we chose our methods wisely. Personally, I feel like that is something we could all spend more time on during our last semester. It is a harsh world out there, especially right now and in such a competitive and high strung career. Stressing over whether or not I have successfully created what is debatable as the single most important thing to gain stability after graduation seems like it should have been taken care of long ago. I’ve done my own research and monitored what others are doing, such as this in this LinkedIn Chat, but I would feel a hundred times better if the things I’m being told would sync up.
What do you think? Which route or mash up have you taken?