4 Sites College Students Should Be Using

College is busy. It can get so busy that the main reason for going – to be prepared for a job – can get pushed aside. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time to get it all done. So what can you do? What are some things that are super helpful for your future but not very time consuming? I’ve been able to find 4 resources so far that are quick and easy with long lasting benefits.

 

1. The Skimm

Between classes, studying, hanging out with friends, and trying to get that MRS degree, there’s hardly time in college to keep up with current events. Which is a little unfortunate since the time you start college is usually around the same time you get voting rights. But how can you know what to vote for if you have no idea what’s going on? The Skimm is the easiest way to keep up with current news. All you have to do is go theskimm.com and enter your e-mail address. That’s all you have to do to start receiving their daily recap emails. They cover topics from celebs to politics to sports news. And it’s not your grandpa’s news. It’s funny, easy to understand, and quick reading. You could read the whole e-mail on the way to a class and easily get educated on what’s going on. Subscribe here.

 

2. Slack

Slack is, basically, a messaging app. It allows you to make groups of people and different channels (or topics) to discuss things in. If you’re a part of a club or organization, this is a really good tool to start using. It’s easy to organize different conversations. For example, you could have one channel for scheduling meetings, another for a certain event, etc. This way your content is separated and easier to search through later. A big benefit to learning how to use a tool like Slack is that companies use it for communication. In fact, almost a million companies are now using Slack for their employees to communicate. Already having experience with a tool that a company uses is a huge benefit at interview time. It shows you are keeping up with current technologies and it means an easier transition into that job. Sign up here.

 

3. The Google Suite

Google is everywhere. There is a very high chance you’ll deal with some Google product both during college and after college. Gmail, Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Hangouts, the list goes on and on. If you don’t have a Gmail account, go ahead and make one. They’re free and it opens the door to all of those products. Google Drive and Google Docs are the two I would recommend learning if you ignore all the rest. Google Drive is a storage space. You can make folders and store any kind of documents, images, etc. in your drive. Something to practice in the drive is sharing permissions. You can “share” a folder or any content in your drive with anyone you want, regardless of if they have a Gmail account. There are several other sharing rules you can apply, so play around with it some and see what all it can do. For Google Docs, practice co-working on a document with someone. Once you share a Google doc with someone, you can both work on that document at the same time. You can even see where the other person’s cursor is as they click around. Practice leaving comments on the doc and resolving those. (You’ll see what I mean when you play around with it.) There’s so much Google has to offer and I can almost promise you’ll need to know how how to use their products in the “real world.”

 

4. LinkedIn

LinkedIn, the Facebook for businesses. If you don’t already have a LinkedIn profile, go ahead and make one. It’s easy and free. LinkedIn isn’t just for people who already have jobs. It’s actually a great tool for college students to use. Even if you’re a freshman and aren’t sure what your major is yet, go ahead and set up an account. During your college years, you can add your interests, projects you’ve worked on, volunteer activities, and anything extracurricular you do to your LinkedIn profile. Why? Because recruiters. Recruiters spend a ton of time scouring LinkedIn for potential employees. If you’re about to graduate, set your description to something like, “College graduate, actively seeking employment.” You don’t have to search for the recruiters, they’ll find you. Start building your profile now and it will pay off later.

 
Know of another useful tool I should add to the list? Let me know!

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