Welcome to Boise State University! We are excited that you made the decision to join us and want to offer some advice on making your college experience count. Making college count is about taking control of your future, maximizing the investment you’re making in your education, and ensuring you achieve the goals that brought you here in the first place. If your goal is to become employable, then the following advice is for you.
Explore Your Options: The Boise State Career Center, Advising and Academic Enhancement is a great resource for exploring different majors and careers. Take advantage of all the resources available and be open to different career paths. We also offer assessments that can help you with the career decision-making process.
Get Involved: Involving yourself in campus life not only gives you the chance to meet new people and connect with your community, it provides you with an excellent opportunity to develop skills that employers say are critical to success in the workplace. Whether it be a campus organization, ASBSU, volunteering, Service-Learning, or Sorority/Fraternity life; you can build new skills and expand your network.
Get a Job: Whether you need a job or not, working around 15 hours a week is a good idea. Not only does it bring in “spending money,” it increases your skill set and helps you begin building your network.
Boise State hires between 1,500 and 2,000 student employees each year, and surrounding businesses also hire for part-time positions. Employers consistently tell us that one of the things that impresses them most about Boise State graduates is their work ethic. So, get a job and be a part of a great tradition. Start with BroncoJobs, which you can access once you’ve registered for classes. Check early and check often to find the best opportunities.
Build Your Network: It’s never too early to start building your network—faculty, staff, other students, alumni, and employers who you’ll connect with throughout your college career, and who will be very valuable to you when it’s time to search for internships or jobs. If you really want to get a head start, consider building your online presence with LinkedIn. We can provide all the information you need to use this professional online networking and job search site.
Participate in an Internship: You most likely will not engage in an internship your first year or two, but make sure it’s something you plan for later. Employers are always looking for relevant work experience and an internship provides this along with connections to people in your field of interest.
Everything you do from the time you start college to the time you graduate will help prepare you for the future. Make College Count! Visit career.boisestate.edu/makecollegecount to check out other great resources. To make an appointment to meet with a career counselor, call (208) 426-1747. We’re located in the Academic and Career Services Building, Room 111. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.