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College seniors: Use spring break to open doors


March 4, 2010

While most college students will be heading for the beach this spring break, graduating seniors should use their week off from school to open new career doors and ensure they don’t fall victim to one of the toughest job markets in decades. Doors that are open to students may start closing once they graduate.  That’s the message from Andy Chan, vice president for career development at Wake Forest University.  He suggests that students spend spring break and the months leading up to graduation going on informational interviews and laying the groundwork for their job hunt. “Because they’re students, they have special status in the eyes of most people, so they should use the alumni network and other networking connections to schedule informational interviews with as many companies as they can.” Chan says. “In a few months, they’ll lose that student card and just be another unemployed graduate.” Because many students are not aware of the variety of different jobs and careers available to them, informational interviews and short internships can lead to opportunities they never imagined. “They might need to talk to 100 people through informational interviewing and go on 30 interviews before they find a job, and that could take up to six months,” Chan said. “People don’t like to hear that, but if you know how long it’s going to take, you can pace yourself like you would in a marathon and do something every day to make it work.”

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