As I am nearing the end of my college career, there is one main thing on my mind — what comes next?
I know that I am not alone in this feeling. Many of my classmates are contemplating their futures. We are hard at work on creating resumes and portfolios, writing cover letters, networking, and, most importantly, filling out applications — whether it be to graduate schools or to possible employers.
Because many of us will graduate with similar degrees and experiences, and apply for some of the same positions, we are all eager to find something that makes us stand out. But what exactly is that? How do we market ourselves on a sheet of paper, just 200 words (or fewer) sandwiched between a “To whom it may concern” and a “Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you”?
I do not have the answers to my questions. I could draft a resume and cover letter to the best of my ability, but who is to say that someone else doesn’t come along with sharper terms to describe their skills or cleaner site lines on their resume? When you only get one 8.5 x 11 sheet to sell everything you’ve done in your entire life… it has to be perfect.
Let’s face it: Everyone graduating from Alma leaves with an impressive list of attributions for their resume. But it took a long way to get to that point. What you do in your four years at Alma is what makes your resume yours.
Personally, in four years, I’ve done more than I could have ever imagined possible. I’ve worked five different jobs on campus — at one point in time all five at once! Two of those five jobs — as a student assistant with the Communication and Marketing office and as an editor for The Scot yearbook staff — I was able to work all four years and build an incredible chunk of experience.
Outside of work commitments, I also have been a part of many different student organizations. Each has allowed me to try my hand at a variety of leadership positions. I’ve been apart of executive councils, led committees, and been in charge of planning large-scale events. I’ve managed budgets, created social media campaigns, and been responsible for both hiring and firing decisions.
Oh! And let’s not forget, I took classes through all of that as well.
That is one of the greatest things about Alma, though. I am not falling short of experience or of things to use in self-promotion as I head forward to graduation and into a career search. I was able to become involved in such specialized activities that benefited me greatly and gave me years of experience diving deep into the things I love.
Alma College offers each and every student the opportunity to define and create themselves into the person they want to be depicted as on a resume, and Alma does not fall short of offering up outlets to do so — whether it be through athletics, student organizations, on-campus jobs or internships, or even just through roles in the classroom.
As I am sending my resume out to people who — so it seems — will decide my future, I am proud to display the many roles and skills I have gained through my time here at Alma. I made my four years mine, and took every chance to “boost my resume,” and for that I will always be thankful.