After three years of exams, projects, and sleepless nights, entering your senior year at college can feel bittersweet. On the one hand you’re well on your way to earning your degree but on the other it’s a tough year that you have ahead and you’ll probably miss certain aspects of college life after you graduate.
And if final exams and projects aren’t stressful enough, you’ve got to begin thinking about life after you graduate. Unless you want to pursue more education, this probably means switching out student life for professional life (it’s not as bad as it sounds, we promise!). As a graduate your hard work will pay off as your average earnings are higher while the probability of being unemployed or underemployed is lower.
Lots of students ask us when we believe they should begin preparing their applications and seriously considering which careers to go for. To help you out the Code Pilot team has compiled this advice based on what we’ve seen with our network of graduate applicants.
1. Start Early to Narrow Down Choices and Confirm Deadlines
We know this might sound obvious at first but it’s very important that you get a general idea of deadlines based on the industry or type of role that you’re going for. There’s nothing worse than missing out on a dream opportunity because of a mysterious early deadline!
We recommend that you first spend some time thinking about the roles and industries you are interested in and then getting a general idea of deadlines. If you are looking to enter investment banking or accounting, for example, you will often find that a rigorous recruitment process/training program means that deadlines are earlier in the year.
This is why seniors should begin thinking about applying for jobs as soon as possible: being prepared will make sure you don’t miss out at all.
2. Don’t Be Shy: Contact Companies
If you can’t find any specific information about deadlines in your research you shouldn’t be afraid to reach out and contact the company directly.
Some students are hesitant to make direct contact but it’s a great demonstration of initiative, helps you build a relationship early in the process, and gives you the exact information you’re looking for.
Many companies are also delighted to hear from graduate students and they will appreciate you reaching out to speak with them.
It can be a good idea to already have a CV and cover letter prepared for these situations. It could turn a request for information into a speculative application that could even lead to a potential role.
3. Set a Goal that Makes you want to Jump out of Bed in the Morning!
If you plan on applying for jobs in software engineering and development then you’ll understand the critical importance of a strong portfolio. The resume is basically dead in tech and the portfolio has taken its place. Most CS courses will help students with their portfolio and the projects that you have worked on throughout college will make a solid foundation for it.
This portfolio could include publicly browsable code and any contributions that have been made to open source code should be linked to.
4. Join Recruitment Platforms & Apps
There are a range of platforms out there that allow students to submit their profiles to databases which can then be browsed by recruiters.
We help engineering candidates to be found by the best companies. This is done because we help engineers to display what really matters: their talent. Rather than a focus on a CV, cover letter, or interview techniques we put code front and center. If you would like to join our platform you can sign up today and create your portfolio.
We hope that you have a wonderful senior year and launch a fulfilling and successful career!