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"Do some sort of internship while you're in school or definitely as soon as you get out. It gives you some real-world experience and lets you find out if you really want to do this or not. Polish your résumé. Remember to include extracurricular activities, leadership activities, and any honors or awards. Start discerning the kind of culture and environment you want to work in. Do I want to work for a big company, small company, by myself or with people? In an office or move around? When you go to job fairs, take your polished résumé and concentrate on the firms that you really want to work for. Don't spread yourself too thin. The most important thing you can do is have two or three sentences that explain to a person what you want to do for the company and what you bring to the company. People want to help you, but they have to have a clue as to what you want. You don't want to go in and say, 'I could do anything for your company' or 'What do you have available?' If you approach them with confidence and say, 'I would like to work in this particular field and this is the knowledge that I bring,' that gives them the ability to say, 'Oh, you should talk to this person,' or, 'Let me forward your résumé to the appropriate person.'"
– Catherine Neiner, director of Agnes Scott's Office of Career Planning