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College is more than just forgetful nights, social gatherings and bags of cans with the boys. Don’t forget the real reason why you are in college – to get a career you love. We tend to lose sight of this; and before you know it, you’ve graduated with not a clue what you are going to do. A bit grim, isn’t it?

Here are some useful tips on how to get the most out of your college experience from a professional point of view.

Join A Club Or Society

This will appeal to employers as it shows you can be committed to something. A sports club will show that you can work great as a team. It’s definitely worth the hour or two a week just to pop it in your interests part of you CV. It really doesn’t matter if you are good or not to be honest!

Make Connections

One important life lesson I have learned is: It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. This is a small country, you’ll never know when you’ll need ask your friend’s dad’s cousin for an internship in an area relevant to your field. Make sure you stay connected with your college crew and Erasmus students, it’s great to keep connected around the world to broaden your horizons.

Join LinkedIn

This will be very beneficial for you. If you’re looking for Summer work experience, LinkedIn is your friend. If you want to get in touch with people you’ve worked with in the past, LinkedIn is great for that. It’s basically an essential as soon as you join college. You may even be approached by potential employers too!

Don’t Be Afraid To Go That Extra Mile

Reach out to places if you want some work. Alternatively, try doing some volunteer work at weekends, which will make you stand out from the rest on your job applications. I found myself getting interviews a lot easier after doing volunteer work, it is highly recommended when you’re in college.

By Aoife Crilly