Creating Your Educational Plan B

Whether you’re just starting out in your degree program or at the end of it and starting to stress about the job market, you’re probably wondering, “What’s a student to do?”

Just as current IT workers are diversifying their skills and portfolios and planning for alternate career strategies should cutbacks come their way, so too should students be putting strategies in place to ensure their success in these challenging times.

First, start simple: One easy way to be successful is to set aside enough time for studying. This might seem like a no-brainer, but midterm season is upon us, and it’s likely your projects and exams are beginning to pile up. You may be itching for some time to let loose — but stay the course.

Another important part of any student’s portfolio is authentic work experience. This might be an internship or even a job shadowing experience. Do you have something like this under your belt? If not, now’s the time to start thinking about this. Consider who you might reach out to for a spring or summer learning experience.

According to About.com Internships Guide Penny Loretto, employers are emphasizing internships more than ever. She explains that there’s been “an increase in the number of employers requiring internship experience prior to getting hired in the field.”

In terms of finding a learning opportunity of your own, Loretto suggests contacting your career development center, talking to professors or other school staff who might be able to recommend internships or companies…


Meagan Polakowski

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