As the semesters inch toward graduation, most of us tend to worry about the future. The most relieving part is that most of us do. Therefore, we can call upon one another to level our path to graduation and become more confident to approach what comes after.
Now, I’m as young as you, but the semesters bless me with experience, and it’s time to share some of that with you. For each month, let’s attack a skill that could prepare you for life in the ocean.
One thing that helps is making proactive efforts to network. Make that LinkedIn account and connect with people you have met in professional settings. Engage actively in forums that could broaden your horizons about work these young professionals are involved in. You could also try reaching out to companies you’re interested in and try to schedule an informal tour of their offices to learn what they concern themselves with. It’s a proven way to show them you’re interested and possibly even land a job!
Google search. Check things out. Look for events that could bring you and other professionals into the same room. For example, just last weekend, I attended an Open Studio Night as part of Kansas City Design Week, where there were quite a number of architecture and engineering firms and design studios that encouraged walk-ins for the public, while entertaining people with refreshments and live displays. During these visits, I ran into a number of established architects and structural engineers who were KU alumni and who gave me insights into my KU future in architecture school. Moreover, I met scores of students from KU architecture who I had never met before. The intellectual conversations were totally worth it.
Let other professionals have an inkling of what you do or what you’re interested in. Making such connections is the first step in preparing yourself for post-college life, so keep an open mind!
Melanie D’Souza is a junior from Muscat, Oman, majoring in Architecture at KU. She loves travelling, writing, sketching and cycling. She is currently the Orientation Chair at Rieger Scholarship Hall Council and a fervent schol-haller and Riegerette. She is also in the Honors Program and is a Student Ambassador for the Office of International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions.