Im still studying, but I recently got hires for a full time position in a multinational company as Junior Security Analyst.
I went through 5 interviews both with managers and directors. Competing even with already graduated candidates.
What set me apart, and they told me so, was my, as they called it, "ability to start new things by myself and finishing them". Which they told me that showed willingness to learn and initiative.
You are a recent graduated student. They don't really expect you to be an expert in anything. But they will expect you to progress. And they want to know if you want to do so.
They will expect you to be willing to learn everything that they require you to learn.
If you can prove them that you are able of doing that. Then consider yourself in a privileged situation.
Now. How to prove them your eagerness to learn to grow to improve?
In my case I had 2 medium size projects I worked in by myself.
- A client and reposition management software which I developed and it's currently being used at my previous retail job.
- A working website designed from scratch which I made into a kind of online CV/resume.
You tell us that you are in your last year of college. You have time to start projects by yourself. And remember to finish them.
There is a quote that changed my life.
"better good but achieved than perfect but incomplete"
I used to postpone the projects because I wanted them to be perfect. But I realized they were never going to be. There is going to be something to improve something to wait for.
A book helped me a lot with this change of perspective and I recommend it for you if you haven't read it already.
"Do the work" by Steven Pressfield.
So put on your boots and start your own projects. You tell us that you participated in programming competences. That's great since it proves initiative and confidence.
But its necessary that we as professionals should be progressing and growing all the time.
Find a way to prove those points and I'm sure you won't have any problem finding an entry level job in whichever industry you decide to work for!!