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Posted June 17, 2016 by

2 ways to build a professional network in college

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Going to college not only gives you the opportunity to further your education but also to meet new people. As you are pursuing your college degree, focus on making quality contacts. For example, developing relationships with other college students is smart in case you forget a homework assignment or need a study buddy. Those relationships can become friendships, and when it’s time to find an internship or an entry-level job, your new friends may know someone in their networks who can help you.

College is also a great opportunity to build a professional network. Getting to know other college students, and faculty and staff helps you establish relationships that can be beneficial for your job search. Bruce Harpham, Founder of Projectmanagementhacks.com, offers two tips for building a professional network in college.

1-Read the alumni newsletter or magazine, and contact graduates you read about. Many colleges have a magazine or newsletter that shares alumni news. Practice reading the publication and contact graduates you read about to ask about their businesses and careers. For example, the Ohio State Alumni magazine is published six times per year. Take two hours on a quiet afternoon to read previous issues.

2-Make the most of campus events. Many colleges and universities invite authors, business leaders, and others to visit and give presentations. Make the most of these events by sitting in the front row (or as close as you can get), taking notes, and then asking a question during the Q&A session. This is a great way to make connections.”

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Bruce Harpham, Founder of Projectmanagementhacks.com

Bruce Harpham, Founder of Projectmanagementhacks.com

Bruce Harpham is the Founder of Projectmanagementhacks.com, a career development resource, and freelance writer. Bruce’s writing has appeared in CIO, InfoWorld, CSO, ProjectManagement.com, and other publications. Bruce lives in Toronto, Canada.

Posted November 21, 2014 by

Finding a job after substance use in college

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Alcohol abuse: drunk young man or student lying down on a table with beer bock still in hand, focus on glass up front. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

College was one of the most memorable and defining experiences of your entire life. Now that you’ve recently entered the “real world”, you’re allowed to be a little sad and anxious. From sparse job openings to the culture shock of re-entering a world full of rules, there are plenty of roadblocks you’ll have to overcome. And if you have a substance use history, you may feel you have to work even harder to secure work after graduating. (more…)

Posted November 18, 2014 by

Keeping Debt Down: Money Saving Tips for Students

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Last week a report in the Express and Star indicated that more students than ever before are relying on Payday loans to supplement their finances. A spokeswoman said that payday lending is becoming ‘increasingly prevalent within the student community’ and this controversial method of borrowing money can see students racking up even more debt by the time they finish their studies. Managing your budget as a student can be difficult. For many it is the first time they will have experienced living independently and budgeting accordingly. This along with the social temptations that are often associated with a student lifestyle and expensive costs of course materials can see them frittering away their money before they realize how and where it has gone. Being a student often means accruing at least some debt, but keeping this to a minimum is seriously beneficial so here are some ways that you can save money while studying and still have a good time. (more…)

Posted January 27, 2014 by

Starting a New Entry Level Job and Desire to Make Friends? What You Should Know

If you want to make friends on your new entry level job, the following post answers some questions you might have concerning this effort.

Whether you’re at your first job fresh out of college or on your fifth career change, everyone worries about how well they’ll get along with coworkers. Sometimes, you really hit it off and stay friends forever, even well after you’ve left the job; other times, you dread going into the office each day because

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