College seniors should choose coursework and extracurricular activities that are relevant to their future careers, writes career coach Marty Nemko. Start networking by joining associations in a target field, hang out in the career center and get an internship, he suggests. "To maximize your chances of converting that internship or apprenticeship into a good and good-paying job, strike the balance between doing what you're told and showing the initiative to go beyond and even to propose a big idea or two," Nemko advises.

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