The job environment for Millennials is still challenging. 70% of students are graduating with student debt, and the average amount is $33,000. The college degree alone doesn’t get the job done. Students must supplement their education, so that they are able to cash in their diploma or the career they want.
1. Learn from those that successfully navigated the waters that you aspire to swim. Do a simple Google search to find out who are the most successful people in the field that you want to get into. Then read articles, blog posts, or books about those people. After reading through everything available, try to reach out to them via a phone call or email. Make sure that if you are reaching out to these extremely successful people, have a specific question that you want them to answer. They are extremely busy. So if you want a response be concise and direct. If you follow those two rules of thumb it will increase your rate of response significantly.
2. Take an online course in something that you are interested in. There are amazing sites our there that are taking the education industry by storm. Coursera and Edx are just a few examples. These are great because you can take them on your own time and they cost absolutely nothing. Join me in my goal of taking 5 this year.
3. Offer to intern for free for someone that is in the top 10% in the world at what you want to do. Some of my best learning experiences in college were situations in which I worked for free in return for exposure to very intelligent people and real work experience. If you go work for someone with talent that is a good teacher, it could very well be one of the best decisions you make in your 4 years at college. There is no better time to do this then while you are in college.
4. Try to get an article or something published in a magazine, newspaper, or journal. The process of having to write something that adds value to people and manages to captivate peoples attention will really teach you how to write, There is something that is very intellectually stimulating about having to organize your ideas and research into a final product that is high quality enough to be read by thousands of people. If you do this enough, you will really see a dramatic improvement in your writing skills. This is coming from a person that never received an A in English or Literature but was able to publish a bestselling book. Real world writing is different then classroom writing. Try to get some real world writing experience while in school.
5. Sell something. It doesn’t matter if you go work in sales for a company or try to sell your own product that you create. Sales are not taught in school and EVERYONE is in sales. Most activities that we do in a day include some variation of selling. If you go on a date, you are selling/marketing yourself as a great partner. If you go in for an interview, you are selling yourself as a better candidate then those competing against you. If you are an entrepreneur trying to raise capital, you are selling your vision of growth to investors. Sales is a very important skill to improve, so go get some experience while still in school.
Get started on supplementing your education to make the most of your current investment. The ball is in your court to create the return on investment that you want.