If you are already pursuing your degree and you are convinced that this is the path you want to follow in your future career, there are some steps you can undertake in order to make sure you’ll be a competitive candidate on the employment market. Apart from academic excellence it is important to show your future employer that you have practical experience in the field. What can you do as a student to get it?

1) Internships

Take as much internship as possible. Not only those required by your university, but also any opportunity or free time activity you get. Some of the companies might even offer paid part-time or summer positions, so it can also be a good way to earn money. To find such a position, consult your university’s career center, search numerous websites with available positions and don’t forget to just ask around (your friend or relative might know about a position that is just right for you).

Just like doing an internship, volunteering is beneficial for your resume and does not require full time commitment, so it can easily be done while you’re still studying. As volunteer work involves helping others, it also brings a great sense of self-fulfillment.

2) Freelancing

Freelancing is possibly the easiest option on the list. With all the internet resources currently available, it is no longer necessary to sit in an office in order to perform a job. All that you need is a computer with internet access, some free time and desire to dedicate it to developing your skills. Some professions, such as designers, programmers, writers, journalists and so on, can benefit greatly from these types of jobs by improving their professional portfolio.

3) Working in the university

A lot of universities also offer positions for their best students. This can include vacancies in the student union, membership to various student organizations such as AIESEC or AEGEE, teaching assistantships, etc.

Seek out any of these opportunities and more, and develop a diverse skill set that will impress even the most demanding employers.