Don’t Wait to Prepare for the Future
By Ashley Parmer
Editor-in-Chief of The Meter
In the article “Businesses Boom for Undergraduates” recently published in the Tennessean, a writer takes a look at the businesses that have been developed from the ideas of the creative minds of local college students. Undergraduates from many colleges around Nashville were spotlighted for their innovative ideas, but sadly no one from Tennessee State University made the cut.
TSU’s absence in the article doesn’t mean there is a lack of talent. In fact, there are many students around TSU who range from authors to entrepreneurs. And to those students who have taken a leap to start your own business, I salute you.
We must begin now to shape our own future. For those who have the next big idea, go for it! Take the risk. And for those who know where they want to be in the end, begin taking small steps or big leaps to get there.
No matter your classification, you are close to entering the real world. In order to prepare for it, there are things you should be doing now. These things include finding a mentor, applying for internships, refining your resume, or conducting a mock interview. Each of these elements can play a part in your future success and career. According to a survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, “95 percent of employers said candidate experience is a factor in hiring decisions.” Nearly half of those surveyed wanted the experience to come from internships.
Undergraduates and graduates alike will be entering a world where competition is high and job opportunities are low. We must be prepared to represent ourselves well, and create our own opportunities. Real world readiness begins at home. So before you leave the nest, make sure you can fly.