/ Asked by Christin
How soon should you begin to look for jobs in your career field?
Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on Monday, October 3, 2016
It is never too early to start looking for jobs within your field. Whether you are early on in college, or soon to graduate, it is good to do your research. You will want to find a company that fits not only your career path, but also your idea of a good work environment, work life balance, culture, etc. It is also important to start your networking early on. Engage with people who are looking for the same things you are, or who do what you would like to do in the future. You should attend career fairs and get to know different companies and the positions they have to offer. Many times, seniors get job offers during the fall prior to graduation; so I would recommend beginning your career search at least 6 months before graduation. Talk to company representatives to get a better idea of when to actually apply and what the application process entails. It is typically different per organization and per role.

Good luck!  
Answered by Sara, Hiring Expert at Grace, on Tuesday, October 4, 2016
You should look into your career field as soon as possible to understand the different types of opportunities. Also, look into rotational programs, internships, etc. during your schooling to obtain experience in your field as well as use it as a test case to determine if that is the discipline you want to pursue. Networking is also highly recommended to get to know people in your field, ask them questions such as how did you start your career, what did you do that you found most beneficial as a student to prepare you for this industry, etc. So many times in your life doors will open just by the people you meet.
Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Great question! Don’t freak out, but most likely a number of semesters or years ago. Of course the situation is completely different for every student, but for example, I choose a great deal of those that are going to 1st round interview with us based on my continued interactions with them on campus from the time some of them are sophomores. Don’t worry though, you have time, but you need to get organized and start applying. If you’re going to apply and interview on campus through your Career Center, start looking at what employers are coming to campus, what type of events they are hosting, when their applications close, and apply!
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