By Natalie Wallace
As a college student, it’s easy to get swept into the fast-paced lifestyle that surrounds a university. Everyone is on the go, whether it be to class, to a club meeting or to study in the library, everyone has somewhere to be and something to get done. Admittedly, it can be extremely overwhelming, especially if you don’t feel on the same level as your peers, and you can feel lost or out of touch with what you’re actually doing there.
Although it’s difficult not feel this way, you shouldn’t feel discouraged. I can guarantee every college student feels this way at some point in their educational career. If you’re feeling this way now, there are some tools to help you in your career path! Here are five websites to help you kickstart your career.
1. Girl Boss
Founded and run by Nasty Gal online clothing store founder, Sophia Amorouso, Girl Boss is a meeting ground for people who want to take control of their life and own their career. The website provides users with content that includes work, fun and play. There are real-life stories from working women, interviews with entrepreneurs excelling in their field and advice about work, money, wellness, beauty, identity and life. Articles range from “What book you should read on your lunch break” to “How to write a business plan-for real”. So whether you need some guidance on a career itself or specific ways to get things done, Girl Boss is a great place for you!
2. The Cusp
The Cusp is run by Junkee Media and Westpac, two media companies dedicated to shedding light on the things that matter; “a guide to how to be better at all the important things in life.” They emphasize the idea that being in your 20’s is a difficult time. There’s so much to do: graduate from school, land a good job, excell at the job and continue to grow within that area of life. Then you need to balance that with everything else you have going on. They realize that it’s difficult to do all those things and do them successfully, so they create content to make it a bit easier learning how to handle them.
3. Refinery 29
I’m sure you’ve seen their quizzes on your Facebook feed or their entertainment clips on Snapchat, so you might be thinking really? This girl is reaching. Which I get because in this day and age, it’s hard to distinguish what websites are legit and what websites are just for fun. Although, seemingly just for fun, Refinery29 provides users with content across all boards. Topics range from entertainment, wellness, style, beauty, work, money, news, etc. So not only will you get advice on how to properly organize your school schedule with a social one, but you’ll also know what types of outfits are perfect for impressing a new employer!
A website solely dedicated to helping you plan and navigate your career. The first thing you see when logging into Levo’s website is “Everyone has a purpose- let’s build a career you love.” Then they ask you to ask yourself three questions. What inspires you? What are your natural talents? What job would you love? Once you ask yourself those questions, Levo helps you find the answers. They provide users with articles of advice, mentorship opportunities and online courses.
5. Career Contessa
Another website based solely on planning your career. Exclusively for women career building, Career Contessa gives users the opportunity to “build a career on their terms.” Not only does the website provide articles, videos and e-learning like other websites but it also has job listings for those searching! And if you don’t know what your plan is, they also provide a 28-day career kickstart where they help you choose a track, get advice and understand the field.
Hopefully you feel a little less lost after delving into some of these websites and what they have to offer. Reading an article or watching a tutorial may not seem like it would be helpful to actually landing a job or getting that internship. But you’ll be surprised at what these websites will inspire you to do.
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