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Grad Year Tips for Students in Payroll Training and Other College Programs

23 APR 2012
Career Path : Accounting

What, college is almost over? It seems that you only just started your – insert program name (accounting courses, medical office assistant training) – yesterday. Now that you are on the verge of facing the job market, are there any tips that you can follow to make your transition from student to professional a little smoother?

It doesn’t really matter which program you are enrolled in – whether accounting courses or medical office assistant training – there are some steps that you can take that are sure to ease your transition into the working world.

1. Start working on your CV now, while you are still in accounting courses, payroll training or medical office assistant training.

Don’t make the mistake of waiting until graduation to get started on that CV. Students in payroll training can ask their accounting teachers what kind of information they’d most want to see on an entry-level CV. Students in medical office assistant training can ask their teachers whether it is a good idea, for example, to list the names of the courses that they took. No matter which program you are enrolled in, it is always a good idea to seek feedback on your CV, especially feedback from people who understand your particular industry. Don’t let the teachers and job placement advisors at your college go to waste! Take advantage of these valuable resources while they are still available to you as a student.

2. Start a LinkedIn profile

Whether you are in accounting courses or medical office assistant training, chances are that you will need a LinkedIn profile to keep track of your professional contacts. Ask to connect with the teachers in your programs, the students in your program, and the students in other professional programs.

3. Attend professional networking events.

All students – whether enrolled in accounting courses, payroll training or medical office assistant training – can benefit from attending professional networking events. It will expose you to others working locally in your sector and give you a chance to practice interacting with others on a solely professional basis, which can give you a major boost when it finally does come time for you to endure your first round of “real” job interviews post graduation.

4. Find a part-time job in your field.

What can help you find full-time work in the field of your choice? Part-time work! If your school schedule permits, look for a part-time job in an accountant’s or doctor’s office (in the case of medical office assistant training). This, more than anything, may ease your transition into the workforce.

If you keep in mind that graduation is fast approaching, you will probably identify many other ways to make yourself more attractive to prospective employers.