Avoid The Top Five Career Mistakes That Students Make!

Avoid The Top Five Career Mistakes That Students Make!

By: Wil Fraser
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Transition from high school to university is one big step for most of students; transitioning from university to career is another. The change in environment and expectations is daunting to most students, and it can be especially difficult if you’re unprepared. But take no fear, for Wil is here!

Today I will show you some mistakes that my teams at Career Services and Co-op have noticed and provide you with some useful tips for becoming a more prepared and comfortable with your career journey. So without further ado, here are the top five career mistakes that students make.


1. Not seeking guidance or support from the career resources available. 

You are in a university! There are lots of GREAT resources that you can use to help you in you career, but you’ll only get the full benefit if you start using them early, and continue using them throughout your degree. If you don’t know what kind of job you want to pursue or simply don’t even know where to begin, come and talk to your career team. They will help! 

2. Not speaking up and taking action!

Don’t be afraid to speak up and take action! It sounds easy but a lot of times proscrastination wins. Visiting your career advisors or co-op coordinators will put you on their radar, and they can help open you up to career opportunities or ways to better yourself that you hadn’t even thought of. Taking action is the best way to achieve what you love to do.

3. Not showing your enthusiasm in your resume and cover letter.

Awww… don’t be shy, show us your love and passion in the things you want to do. Since the resume and cover letter are the first impressions employers will see, give them the passionate and enthusiastic side of you. Let them know that you are a person who loves to tackle the kind of projects they are offering.

4. Not answering the question “why”.

When you are applying to positions or having an interview don’t forget to answer the most important question “why do you want this job”. Prepare and honest answer. It will greatly help you in career seeking than just answering a lot of “what” questions.

5. Don’t be a coward.

A lot of students are afraid to take chances and explore opportunities that could greatly improve their career outlook. So don’t fall into the mode of waiting until your last year at university to see help – consult your career team as soon as you can! We can help you build the best you!

Posted on January 18, 2012