For many bootcamp programs, one of the advantages offered is in-house career assistance, such as access to counselors, workshops, and networking opportunities. But how can you be sure you’re making the most out of your school’s career services? Here are five things to keep in mind!
The first thing you’ll want to do is start as soon as possible. The earlier you begin making use of career services and putting yourself out there on the job hunt, the earlier you’ll be able to see results. “The early bird gets the worm” may be a cliché, but it’s nevertheless still accurate — so be sure to reach out to career counselors if available, implement their advice, and attend workshops and events as near to the beginning of your program as possible.
Take advantage of workshops and events
When it comes to making use of events outside of class, the benefits are multifaceted. In some cases, schools will offer career-building workshops, such as building resumes or practicing interviews to help hone your material technically. And in still other cases, they’ll provide an opportunity to network and meet other people who can help get your foot in the door of a company post-graduation. So don’t shy away from making the most out of every opportunity.
Maintain communication with career coaches, instructors, and alumni
Career services are there to help, but it’s also a two-way street — so it’s important to keep your connection with them active. In fact, in many cases they’ll still be available after you’ve finished your program. Schedule meetings with counselors and alumni. Ask questions about anything you may encounter during the job search process. Reach out for support or advice. Some may even be able to introduce you to connections they have at companies looking to hire. So don’t drop communication and try to go it alone, when you’ve got people there to help.
When embarking on a new job hunt, you might find yourself faced with a deluge of information and advice (especially if you’re also attending class). So, it can be incredibly beneficial to make sure you stay organized. Take notes from meetings with career counselors. Maintain the contact info of people you meet at events. Keep track of applications you’ve sent out and interviews you’ve had. With everything laid out neatly on-hand, you’ll be able to best utilize what you’ve gained from the career services.
Don’t rely solely on your school
Of course, there’s a wealth of resources available outside your school, so you don’t want to put all of your eggs into one basket. Find a middle ground between leaning entirely on your school’s services and going it alone. This way, you can cast a wider net and ultimately increase your chances of success. After all, you never know where you might find a connection or resource that could help you make your big break!