The Biggest Mistake You Can Make In College – Not Gain Experience

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Internships are a necessity and extremely valuable. In my professional opinion, EVERY SINGLE COLLEGE STUDENT should intern a minimum of 2 summers within their professional field. I cannot stress this enough, in fact hear me yelling this. “You And Your Resume Need Real Life Experience.”

How do you start?

You begin the process of getting an internship by preparing yourself. You will need a quality resume, one that separates Kenny, the guy with a 3.2 GPA and no experience from you a guy with a 3.3 GPA and no experience. What are you going to put on your resume to impress a hiring manager? Leadership roles, organizations, events, community service, and volunteering are all possible credible forms of transferable experience.

Next research everything thing there is to know about your major, industry & desired position. Some possible Googleable questions include.

  1. What are the titles of the jobs you will apply for after graduation?
  2. What are the requirements for those positions?
  3. What are the most popular professional organizations associated with your degree?
  4. What cities offer the most opportunities?
  5. What type of people will you be working with?
  6. What will your work environment look like?
  7. How much will your degree yield when you graduate?  After 5 years of experience? After 10 years of experience? With a masters degree?

You are paying a lot of money to declare to the world that you want to do “that” for the rest of your life. Fully educate yourself and know your industry.

Companies post internships year round. So apply year round. I suggest first attending all possible career fairs. When companies come to your college those recruiters have already been given the go-ahead to hire a few students from that school. That narrows your odds dramatically and gives you an opportunity to stand out at the career fair.




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