How to…prepare for life after college

by Clint WallaceStaff Writer

It creeps through the darkest shadow.

It’s always in the back of your mind, but you can’t explain it.

It follows you when you aren’t looking.

It’s scarier than any scary movie you can think of.




Just for clarification, I’m not talking about the MTV show, although it’s scary as well.

OK, so the real world isn’t that scary, but damn close. If you are a junior or a senior, the thought of a full-time job or an internship is always lingering in the back of your mind. Since I’m going through the same problem, I consulted CCS Career Specialist Jennifer Crow.

If you are starting at the beginning-it’s a very good place to start-the first thing to do is to create an outstanding resume. You want to highlight your qualifications, skills and what you want to do with the job.

After the resume is in tip-top shape, the next step is to start exploring your endless possibilities.

“Visit the Simpson Job Bulletin site,” Crow said.

The site has opportunities for part-time and full-time work and summer internships and internships during the school year. If you peruse through the site with no luck, check other websites, like or If you know what company you want to work for, Google the site and find any openings.

For your information, I am at this step in my own job search. I am currently checking Playboy for any openings, but the only openings they have are for Bunnies, and I don’t think I have the personality for that particular career.

You found a company you would like to work for, but they have no openings. Now what? Before you drop into the fetal position and place your thumb in your mouth, Crow says to call their Human Resources Department and state your purpose. Say you’re an excellent scholar from the reputable Simpson College and ask for any available internships. If they don’t have any current openings, ask if they are willing to create one or when the next available job will be.

“Beyond that, take it upon yourself to visit companies you have relationships with,” Crow said.

This is the time to reconnect with your family and see what possibilities you can exploit. Friends and families can be the best places to nab great jobs.

A helpful tip from Crow is to never be late. There is an old saying, “It takes thirty seconds for a first impression, and a lifetime to fix it.” As overused and cliché as it might be, it’s the gosh darn truth. If you are late – trust me, I have been many times – your chances are shot. They exclude you quicker than midnight chicken nuggets disappear.

Another great tip from Crow is to make yourself available and do as much as possible.

“Always ask for more work,” Crow said.

If you show the initiative to succeed, you really can go places and it shows you are committed to the company. This idea may sound awful, but it will help in the long run.

I know this sounds worse than fingernails on a chalkboard, but if you can afford to get an unpaid internship, your chances become greater. Businesses can always exploit unpaid help, and you get great job experience. I know it sucks, but it might be the best way to get your foot in the door, especially if you really like the company.

Each way to success can be just as different as the next, but could be a great start. There is always the option of sleeping your way to the top and if you’re morally capable of achieving success in that route, I’m sure you won’t have any problems. If it really works let me know because I’m always looking for the easy way.