Dilemmas of a College Undergraduate, or How I got my First Job after college?
I started studying software engineering at age 24.
But, about a year ago, just two days before the start of my first semester in college, I had been originally signed up for the electrical engineering program.
So, you might ask, why did I change my mind a day before the beginning of my studies? My answer is, I don’t know. I just had a gut feeling, I guess…
And this is an important point. If I, at the age of 24 (after having already gone through some stuff in my short life) couldn’t decide what I wanted to study for my career, my question is, how can an 18-year-old make this fateful decision at such a young, inexperienced age?
Anyway, let’s move on. So, I picked my major and finished the first of my (hopefully only) four years in college. I did pretty well in most of my courses and overall had a good first-year college experience. Cool.
But it wasn’t that cool, and this is why.
It was summer vacation, and I was sitting by a lake after having jumped into it from off a 25-foot cliff . It was the first time I’d actually had real quality time to think by myself in a while. And I started thinking about the last year (which, as mentioned, was my first year in college) in particular and on my degree in general. Suddenly, some questions came up:
• What should I do this year to do better and to get a better job in the future?
• Are all my courses really relevant to my future career? Will my final grades ensure a good job? Am I doing my assignments for a better grade or for a better job, and are they necessarily related to one another?
• Should I be spending my time enriching my programming knowledge instead of jumping into random lakes around the world?
I couldn’t answer most of the questions. That was a problem.
So, I decided that I would investigate a bit on my own. First, I asked some of my friends from college and was surprised to hear that most of them had the same dilemmas as I had. They said that they weren’t sure what could actually help them be better at their future profession. I wasn’t that surprised.
Then, I asked some of my friends who had already graduated and that were currently working. They told me that they felt as though a lot of courses in college didn’t really give them an advantage in their current jobs and that they could’ve used some of their spare time to take courses that would eventually help them more. But they didn’t know what to study and where to get the information at that time. Most of them are “filling the gaps in their knowledge” on the fly, with each new job.
The last step I did was to search the web. Fortunately, I found tons and tons of websites that offer online course on a very wide range of subjects, from free YouTube tutorials to paid online courses and online books. At first I felt really good – I felt like I now had the ability to learn anything I wanted whenever I wanted. And I really did.
So, I started studying. But now a new problem arose: I didn’t know what topics to learn in order to improve my prospects. Moreover, I didn’t know which professional courses or books would be the best for me. That was when I came across ReSkill, and it give me the solution that I was looking for. It helped me to FOUCS!
Once I choose the position I wanted, I got a list of check boxes with the skills that I already had and some that I didn’t. Then I got a list of online courses that are recommended from me to improve my chances get my dream job based on the skills that lacked. I began logging in a few times a week to read the updated list of articles recommended to me keep up with the ever changing industry of software engineering.
The job hunting section at ReSkill platform was a true eye opener, I realized that my 4 years of college made me only 55% suitable to a position of software engineering! I needed to learn more skills to increase my chances to get the jobs that I wanted. I felt as if I final got the guidance that I need to begin my career. The summer vacation that I used to learn new skills with ReSkill gave me the advantage that I needed in the work world. I was much more confident at my job interview, and was able to discuss new industrial developments having read the recommended articles and ended up getting to offers, I was beyond happy!
The main thing that I learned in the past year was that there are some things that they don’t teach you in college. And I’m glad that I had Reskill to help me fill that gap. Going out to the real work world it is crucial to have someone that is looking out for your specific interests and that will help you to move forward to meet your career goals. I found all of the above at ReSkill.