Getting Ready for
Finding the right job after college is another transition-
and a challenge in tough economic times. Still, your
college degree will be helpful. Combine your education
with a solid job-hunting plan, and you will start your career.
While still in school, consider these steps:
- Choose a field of study that will lead to a job and
consider where you want to live. Do you want to live on
your reservation or pueblo? If so, what kinds of jobs are
available there-health care worker, teacher, engineering
technician? Tribal leaders may be able to offer ideas
about future jobs.
- If possible, try to find an internship or a part-time job
in your field while you are still in school. Your work
experience will give you an advantage over others
applying for the same job after you graduate.
- Read trade and professional journals in your field to
learn about future job openings. Also, search the
Internet and talk with your professors about careers.
- Attend professional national or regional conferences in
your field. Students often are invited to attend for free
or at little charge. You also may be able to volunteer at
the event and get in for free. Try to find someone in the
career you want to pursue who is willing to mentor you
give you advice and support as you navigate your way
toward your new career.
- Ask help from professional associations that are aligned
with the careers you are considering. These types of
associations are nonprofit organizations that further a
specific profession. These associations often have Web
sites that include forums where you can post questions
and interact with people in that field. Try to develop a
relationship with someone who can help you in your
- Take part in extracurricular activities or volunteer your
time in a community service program that may help
you get a job later. For example, if your goal is to be
a journalist, join the campus newspaper or radio staff.