The best time to get ahead is while you’re still enrolled
Some Branford students are within a few months of graduating, while others still have more than a year to go. Wherever you are in terms of your specific Branford training program, it’s never too early to start considering what’s next.
The focus, of course, should remain on studying so you can earn a decent grade. But in the meantime, Branford offers students a lot of resources that can prove beneficial in terms of mapping out a successful career path.
Here are three ways any Branford student can begin planning for the future now, while still enrolled in one of several programs.
1. Take advantage of Career Services
Every Branford campus has a Career Services Department where students can schedule an appointment to discuss what their options might be after commencement. Obviously, Career Services is a decent place to start, as a lot of Branford programs offer internship and externship opportunities that students can take advantage of during their enrollment.
It’s important to start building a relationship with Branford administrators so that when and if an opportunity does arise, your name will be one of the first that they think of.
Getting in tune with Career Services might also familiarize you with how to conduct effective job searches, and where to look when it comes time to start interviewing for full-time positions.
2. Get your resume in order
While you may not need an official resume until after graduation, it’s best to start working on one early. Building a first draft allows for the option of taking it to Career Services, perhaps even trusted instructors, for advice on how to make it shine.
Building relationships with Branford staff may also come in handy assuming you ever need to provide a letter of recommendation (or references). The more administrators know you to be a reliable student who works hard and wants to excel, the more open they might be to putting in a positive word on your behalf.
3. Consider which path makes the most sense
Certain Branford programs offer flexibility in terms of job options (e.g., a medical coding specialist may work at a private practice, a major medical facility, or independently, building a list of personal clients). Consider what type of role you see yourself in. Doing so might help you narrow down where you’d like to apply, how to go about it, and who or what might be the most helpful in terms of helping you prepare.
A student who has researched the specialization he or she wants to pursue could be in a better position to impress potential employers, and, eventually, land the right job.