One of the big questions new college grads and career changers ask when we discuss their workplace transitions is – I have no work experience in that area so who will hire me? Where will I get the experience that employers seek if I haven’t had a real job?
For new grads with no significant work experience or “real job”, I encourage grads to think about transferable skills from any of the following experiences. These does NOT have to be paid experiences.
Identify Transferable Skills if you Have No Work Experience
– volunteer work on and off campus
– classroom, individual, group projects; research
– campus work study and non work study jobs
– campus club involvement
– student chapter of professional organizations
– greek life leadership
– overseas experiences or study abroad
– working in a family business or starting your own business
– seasonal part-time jobs
– technical skills such as web development, blogging, gaming (self taught or otherwise)
– campus teams (eg. sports and music)
College students have a lot of options to gain exposure to fill a resume and develop good professional behaviors. If a college student have no work experience, we just need to explore other activities where they have developed transferable skills.