In order to get a job, you must have experience. However, in order to have experience, you must have a job. This is quite the conundrum, especially since a large majority of universities today require that their students complete at least one internship before graduation. But how are we college students supposed to do that if we have no previous experience?
As a college student, everything is overwhelming. Not only must we distinguish the fine line between our academic lives and our social lives, but we must also find time to build a resume of qualified experiences in order to ensure our successes after graduation. And what better time to ensure our future successes than right now? After all, they say there is no time like the present.
One simple place to start is to join organizations on campus, especially organizations that will benefit you professionally. However, you do not have to limit yourself to joining organizations such as econ club if you are an economics major, or College Mentors for Kids if you are an education major. You could run for positions in other organizations that you are passionate about that relate to your major. For example, the public relations chair of Riley Dance Marathon if you are a PR major, or the Vice President of Finance for your sorority if you are a finance major.
Nevertheless, personally, my biggest piece of advice on how to gain valuable experience for future jobs is to start early. Just because you are only a freshman does not mean you cannot gain valuable experience, or a lot of it. I believe determination and hard work are the two of the most invaluable skills in achieving success.
One thing to keep in mind is that age does not necessarily ensure success. Just because you have some years on a person, does not mean you will beat them out for the job. Passion and motivation go a long way, and other people can see that. However, the only way to gain experiences and be successful in life is to go out and do it yourself. After all, no one is going to do it for you.