Now this is something that everyone gets to look forward to, whether it be at the end of this semester or in two years. And sometimes, it can be a scary thing if you don’t know what lies ahead of you.
There are only a few things I can mention with this transition since I have yet to experience it:
Stay involved with SWE. SWE is all about networking. It is a backbone of strength, a support system, an opportunity for leadership, and even a means to a job. For membership, I believe there’s an option for transitioning collegiate; so take advantage of it. Also, there is an online database for you to place your resume on and this should definitely be taken advantage of it.
The biggest thing I want people to remember is to use the resources you have. The people you have met, whether through SWE, another professional organization, or through your school, can give you connections you never knew you could have. All it comes down to in the end is not what you know but who you know. So, take advantage of the professional contacts you have gained over the years while applying for jobs.
I would definitely like to keep this as an ongoing discussion since I can’t really give advice from the other side. So, I am asking both collegiates and professionals to give input on this difficult yet necessary point in life.