Brian Alden: If you're nearing the end of your college days, reality is starting to sink in. You will need to find a job. But before you turn that tassel, there are some great ways to take advantage of all that colleges have to offer in your search for the perfect career.
First, drop in at your college's career center. They can help counsel you on choosing a career path, give you some great job searching tips, and even match you up with recruiters hiring in your field. The career center is also a great place to start your job search as many companies post entry level openings with college career centers to find prospective employees.
After your trip to the career center, make an appointment with your academic advisor or your favorite professor. Many of them are still actively working in their field and can offer you guidance for your job search. You should also tap into your college's alumni network. Many colleges have specific networks set up to introduce current students with alumni working in the field. It maybe instrumental in helping you land in your first job.
Finally, consider taking an internship after graduation. Many companies offer post grad internships that can help you get a foot in the door. While not all of these positions are paid, it gives you a chance to wow a company, so they'll want to bring you on full-time.
So before you're out the door take advantage of all of your school has to offer. You'd be that much closer to land in the career of your dreams.