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Why Instructors Are Meaningful For Your Career

11 June 2015 By Emily Hohf

WhyProfessorsAreMeaningfulForYourCareerInstructors can be valuable assets when it come to your career. They are experts in the industry or subject that they are teaching, so they are usually a great pathway to resources for your career training and beyond. We’ve got some advice on how to make sure your instructors are a meaningful part of your career.

How Instructors Can Help Your Career

  • Help with resume.  You can ask your instructor to help edit your resume.  Since they had to successfully provide a resume to get a job in the industry, they will be able to give you advice on how to create a resume that potential employers will like.
  • Serve as a reference.  An instructor is a great person to have as a reference for your job application, especially if you are a recent graduate.  They can even write you a letter of recommendation that explains your abilities.  Just be sure your instructors know you and understand your career goals before you ask them to write a letter.
  • Provide networking contacts.  Networking is a great way to get connected to people in your industry.  Instructors usually have developed their own network and can sometimes connect you to influential people who can help advance your career.

How To Connect With Your Instructor

  • Effort.  First, it takes effort in the classroom to connect with your instructor.  Participate in class, get there early and stay after class for a few minutes.  If your instructor offers office hours, go to them and ask questions about assignments and the industry.  Put the extra effort in that will get you noticed as a high-caliber student.
  • Establish a relationship.  You’ll want to establish a professional relationship with your instructor so they get to know you and your goals.  Respect the instructor and their time so they do the same for you.
  • Stay in touch.  Continue to stay in contact with your instructors and they will continue to be a valuable resource in your career.  Meet with them regularly to chat about trends and predictions for the future and find things that interest both of you.

Instructors have been through education and the beginning stages of a career just like you, so they can offer valuable advice that stems from experience.  Be sure to take advantage of this stage of your career by connecting with your instructors.  If you need any other guidance as you begin, continue, or wrap up your education, contact a friendly Admissions Officer at Pioneer Pacific.  Our job is to help you succeed!

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