/ Asked by Cassandra
I'm in my third year of college now, is it best to start applying for entry-level positions in my desired career?
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Monday, September 29, 2014
So, it's definitely a great time to start applying to internship opportunities. Many organizations have interest in converting their interns into full time hires. Since you still have another year of school, this could play to your advantage. In terms of full time positions, most employers aren't able to hold positions 2 years in advance. You should probably start applying to full time positions the beginning of your senior year. Good luck on your search and feel free to visit us at www.textron.com for internship opportunities.
Answered by Dustin, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., on Monday, September 29, 2014
At this stage of your undergrad you should definitely have already completed one or possibly two internships or some other form of paid experience. If you haven't yet don't panic, you still have some time but need to act fast to be competitive to your peers.

While applying for full-time jobs as a junior may be slightly premature (but certainly go after internship or part-time experience), you should begin networking with hiring managers and/or recruiters at the companies you aspire to work for post-undergrad. Not only can these be invaluable contacts that may help your post-grad job search, but they can potentially be great mentors and connectors to other individuals or opportunities. 
Answered by Siobhan, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Tuesday, September 30, 2014
It’s never too early to start networking with companies and looking for opportunities! In your third year, you may want to be focusing in on internships that companies are offering, since you still have a year to go. Many companies offer full-time jobs to interns that perform well during the summer, so you could essentially be doing the work to look for both opportunities at the same time! Best of luck. - Betsy, Accenture campus recruiter
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, September 30, 2014
When companies post an opening you can assume they are looking to fill the position within weeks of the job advertisement. If you’re ready to jump into the job market and work full time while finishing up school in the evenings then yes, absolutely start applying now. You may find some resistance from companies preferring that you complete your degree first, but if you have a robust resume showing you can do the job well even prior to being awarded the degree then you may be applauded for demonstrating drive in advance of graduation. If nothing else, going through the interview process will be a good supplemental educational experience to your formal coursework.
Answered by Sonya, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, October 7, 2014
I highly suggest looking for an internship now (Fall 2014), for next summer (Summer 2015). A lot of companies hire/interview right out of their intern group for full-time entry level employment.
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