30 Nov Graduation Checklist
It seems like eons since you enrolled at Franklin Technology Center. Then again, it seems like just yesterday you chose a program, set up financial aid, and made life changes so you can do this. Some of you juggled school demands with obligations to work and family.
You’ve worked hard, and it hasn’t all been easy, but you’re almost there!
Graduation will be here before you know it. The time to think about graduation is now. Here’s a checklist to help you remember everything you need to do before school ends and you’re off on your path to success.
- Keep up with your studies. You may start to lose steam as you complete your program, especially now that you are preparing to transition from school into a job. But stick with it. Finish strong!
- Schedule tests for certification. Clear your schedule and make arrangements like transportation and childcare. Plan for good rest and healthy eating so you can perform your best.
- Meet with the Career Center. FTC’s Career Center will help you develop a résumé, look for jobs, prepare for interviews, and in many cases use our network to find you employment. Once you’ve met with them, make sure you:
- Collect an accurate and complete history of your employment.
- Request recommendations from key people.
- Prepare your résumé and print on nice paper.
- Set up a professional LinkedIn account.
- Prepare two interview outfits (so you aren’t wearing the same outfit to your second interview). Make sure they are clean, ironed and put together well.
- Prepare for interview questions.
- Apply for jobs!
- Use your network. Who do you know in the field you want to get into? Make sure they know you’re graduating, ask them if they know of any openings available or coming up, and ask if you can send your résumé to them.
- Meet with Financial Aid for an exit interview. Financial Aid is able to explain information about student loans, so come prepared with questions.
- Clean up your social media (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, etc.). Some employers look at social media to get to know applicants better. Update your privacy filters, but also take down questionable photos or comments, especially comments criticizing employers, coworkers or customers. And don’t forget social media you haven’t used in a long time.
Be sure to print out our downloadable checklist!