Congratulations, class of 2017, you’re entering the home stretch of your college education. For many of you, this will be the last year before you enter into the professional world. Enjoy that college bubble while it lasts. You’re all in for a rude awaking once graduation is over.

First off, let me be clear about something: A college degree can play a huge part in your future career success. But don’t for a second think it will be enough. As you’ll soon find out when you begin applying for jobs, most employers don’t care about your GPA or what your minor was. They’re looking for specific skills and qualities, many of which aren’t taught in a classroom. And to be honest, when it comes to entry-level positions, most employers don’t care about what you’ve accomplished while in school. They want to know how you can impact the organization now and in the future.

If you don’t believe me, just continue on your merry way to graduation. Maybe you’ll prove me wrong. But if you really want to increase your chances of getting a great first job, it’s time to start thinking about what you can really offer professionally.

Over the course of your last collegiate year, take some time to consider the following:

1. A degree guarantees nothing

I don’t know where the idea came from, but many young graduates believe earning a degree is the same as earning a job. They mistakenly think that since they’ve made it through four years of jumping through professors’ hoops, they deserve a great job. That’s just not true.

A college degree shows that you can learn. To get an entry-level job, you need to show that you know how to apply things you learn, whether that’s theories you learned in college or the latest on-the-job training. Being able to demonstrate that you can think outside the box, solve problems, and positively impact a company is what will land you a great job.