How to Gain Real-World Experience in College

College is both a massive expansion of many students’ worlds and a bubble in which they find a comfort zone. After all, while you have four years to form close friendships, find a place to call home, and to dedicate time to fun and learning, the real world is always looming in the distance.That is why one of the biting questions that most students have is how to prepare for life after graduation. The title of this article says it all—you need to gain real-world experience while attending college.

While it would be great if you could attend classes, snap your fingers, and magically be ready for post-graduation life, that is simply not how it works. Thankfully, here at Arkansas Baptist College (ABC),  there are myriad resources available to you. Read on to find out how you can prepare for the incredible opportunities you will encounter after graduation!

Explore Career Options

If you are one of the lucky few who know exactly what career they want, this section is not for you. However, if you are part of the other 99% of college students, you may feel aimless or overwhelmed, even after choosing a major.

Whether you are unsure of what your choices are, or find yourself unable to choose just one, exploring potential career options is a great way to start gaining real-world experience. It is important to have a goal to guide yourself toward the type of experience you want to accumulate.

You can explore your potential career options by researching on your own, engaging with the vibrant ABC alumni community,  to your professors, or utilizing on-campus resources!

Utilize Career Resources

ABC provides incredible resources and support to students looking for ways to better prepare for their future career. Our faculty is fully dedicated to helping students find the perfect career.

In addition to providing on-campus resources at the Career Services Center, ABC hosts multiple job fairs throughout the year that can introduce you to other valuable opportunities you may not have been aware of. The ABC Career Center offers access to job boards, help with job interview preparation, rental services for spiffy professional outfits, and numerous other resources to help you feel confident, and guide you towards to the best possible opportunities and outcomes.

If you are looking for more ways to gain real-world experience in college, the career resources offered at Arkansas Baptist College are a great place to start!

Embrace Your Support

One of the many benefits of attending a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in Arkansas is the unmatched sense of community shared by students and faculty. In fact, your peers, professors, and extended community will often times prove more valuable than any other resource.

You may see these benefits manifest in the form of networking your way into an internship or entry-level job. You may receive words of advice and irreplaceable guidance from those you grow close to while attending ABC. Perhaps most importantly, you will never be without supportive people who can lift you up, and encourage you when the world outside of college seems too large or daunting.

Your support system is an integral part of your college experience at Arkansas Baptist College, will continue to grow with you as you make the transition to post-graduation life.

Apply for an Internship

While it seems like every sitcom ever made pokes fun at interns, the truth is that internships are one of the best ways to gain real-world experience while in college. There is a reason why internships are highly competitive and hard to come by—they have tremendous benefits.

Internships place you in an actual work environment, where you can experience the things classroom learning cannot teach you. This provides invaluable exposure to what your future career may be like. This will allow you to  gain hands-on experience, and acclimate yourself to your future career.

It can also give you a clearer picture of where your interests lie in a particular field. If you are still searching for the right career path, an internship can confirm your current course,  or point you in another direction—both results are positive!

If you are happy with your current trajectory, an internship puts you in a fantastic position to advance further in your prospective career. Such positions often blossom into larger, more long-term opportunities. Thus, an internship can serve as a fast track to the job of your dreams!

Let Arkansas Baptist College Help

No matter what your future holds, you have already made the first step in preparing for it. When you chose Arkansas Baptist College, you chose an HBCU that can give you the best chance to achieve your dreams, whatever they may be.

From the support of your peers, to the guidance of our on-campus professionals, there are many ways to gain real-world experience here at Arkansas Baptist College. To get started, simply contact us online or by phone at (877)-643-5390.

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