Alumnus Marco Leung graduated From Virginia Tech in 2012 with a major in computer science. He is now a business technology analyst at Deloitte. Here are his tips for securing your dream job.
Career Services does at great job with securing jobs for seniors, so getting familiar with the staff and opportunities that they offer is a must. Workshops about networking and learning how to handle personal finances are available and a great resource for Tech students. Another great opportunity is the career fair program at Tech, where hundreds of businesses and firms come to recruit students for internships and full-time jobs. Many companies also come to Tech and conduct mock interviews and resume reviews. When searching for a job, it is good to have as many jobs options as possible. Employers have to reject applicants and can only make so many job offers, so it’s good to have options. When job searching, it is best to not suck up to employers and just be yourself, because if applicants do not fit into the company’s culture, they will probably not be with the company for very long. Tech is a strong community, so graduates are bound to be in communities with other alumni. Graduates will have to get used to the differences in commutes and public transportation such as the metro systems in major cites like D.C. and New York. Unfortunately, graduates will never have the chance to relax on Thursday afternoons because of no Friday classes anymore. They will have to work at least five days a week. It is important to think about where the offices of different firms and businesses are located. Having to work 8-10 hours a day, especially at the beginning of your career when you have to put in a lot of extra hard work, is one thing. Having to work long hours and hating the city you live in is an entirely different situation that should be avoided. Typically it’s hard to tell someone how to adjust to the real world, but students need to take what they have learned in college and apply it to their new life styles. When transitioning out of college, do not think about it too much until the time actually comes. Students must enjoy every last minute of their time at Tech before it slips away. When the time comes, people who are ready for the transition to the business world will be ready.