The Importance of Getting an Internship

 

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The Importance of Getting an Internship

By Carolina Loera Lozano

Classroom experience will help you with the basics of what you need for your professional career, but an internship will give you the real world experience you need.

Employers will also be impressed when they look at your resume and see the amount of experience you already have.

Starting an internship is an important thing to do, and the earlier you do it the better.

Connections

When you get out in the workforce and start surrounding yourself with professionals in your desired job, you will make great connections. If you stand out in your internship, people will likely remember you and will want you to use them as professional references for other jobs.

Some interns are also lucky to be hired on before graduating college. This can help you build a foundation, so when you graduate you are not totally lost when it’s time to look for a job.

Is this what you want to do?

More often than not, students have an idea of something they would like to do when they “grow up”. However, after getting the experience they might decide that is not really what they want to do. That’s why it is important to get an internship early on in college. On the other hand, you might find out you really love that field, and you’ll get the experience you need. It’s okay to change your mind, just get started early.

Skills you won’t learn in the classroom

As much as you learn in the classroom, it doesn’t compare to what you can gain from an internship. The classroom experience can help you with skills in the real job. Some skills you’ll need for your desired job can only be developed out in the real world, and the more you put them into practice the better you’ll get at them. After having an internship you will most likely feel ahead of the game in the classroom and can share your advice and experiences with other students.

How to get started?

If you want to get an internship, but aren’t sure where or how to begin, visit the Career Development Center. We have many professionals specialized in your career field that can help you with job/internship search, mock interviews, resumes, and give you career readiness tips.

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What exactly are Career Competencies?

By Christine Robinson

Most employers look for eight career competencies when hiring individuals, such as: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Information Technology Application, Leadership, Professionalism/Work Ethic, Career Management, Diversity and Inclusion.

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1. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving- Critical thinking drives employees and managers to look at a situation and consider all possible solutions before resulting in a final answer. It can be a lengthy procedure that requires material from different people within the organization. The benefits to critical thinking make it a valuable practice within a company.

2. Oral and Written Communication-Strong written and oral communication skills are critical in the business world. Being able to put thoughts into words, a good presenter, and conversationalist is not always an easy skill to possess.

3. Teamwork and Collaboration- Collaboration in the workplace is when two or more people work together through proposal distribution and reasoning to accomplish a common goal. It is teamwork taken to an elevated level. Teamwork is frequently a physical joining of two people or more to accomplish a task.

4. Information Technology Application– Technology is a fundamental and important part of the 21st-century workplace. Any business without some quantity of technical savvy will likely fail. Staying updated on technology is beneficial for the demand of outreach.

5. Leadership- Demonstrating leadership skills can help an individual throughout their career, especially with attracting consumers. Leadership skills are a fundamental attribute for the workforce. Understanding the importance of leadership skills can inspire employees to follow their words and actions while leading others.

6. Work Ethic and Professionalism– An individual’s work ethic is a representation of their character. A strong work ethic implies that the person offers a higher advantage in doing quality work, as well as respecting others and functioning with integrity. Professionalism describes how a person conducts himself or herself on the job. There are several ways a person can manifest professionalism

7. Career Management- Career Management is a prevailing task which helps in accomplishing future career goals and aspirations. It is an inevitable process that assists with adapting to the changing commands of our high-powered economy. The career management process embraces various concepts: cognizant, career development planning/career research, long-term learning, and networking.

8. Diversity and Inclusion– Diversity can contribute physical and mental benefits to an organization. An example would be employing workers with cultural and language skills that can assist with greater outreach for most businesses. People who come from different backgrounds can contribute more creative and challenging ideas which gives the business a competitive edge.

Maintaining Balance towards the End of the Semester

By: Rachel Olson

With Thanksgiving right around the corner and deadlines fast approaching, there is one obstacle left between students and the freedom of the end of the semester: finals. Whether you are working an internship, involved in organizations on campus, work a part-time or full-time job, or are focused solely on your education, balancing all there is to do at the end of the semester can be extremely difficult.

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Here are some helpful tips to maintain balance while heading into the last few weeks of the semester.

  1. Prioritize your responsibilities. While you may have many different tasks to complete, it is important to remember which responsibilities need the majority of your time. Be open and honest with friends and family if you need to devote more of your free time to your responsibilities. And don’t be afraid to be honest with an employer if you feel you need time off of work in order to focus on your schoolwork. At the end of the day, you are a student first and your schoolwork must be completed!
  2. Stay organized. With project deadlines, homework due dates, tests, exams, and presentations, it can be much easier than you might think to completely forget about something you should have been working on, especially if you are going to work or being involved with other organizations at the same time. Make to-do lists for each of your responsibilities and mark tasks off once you have completed them. Checking off an item on a long to-do list can be much more satisfying and encouraging than you might think!
  3. Schedule your time. There is only so much time in a day, and when trying to plan when to work on assignments or study for tests, as well as work a shift or go to an organization meeting, it can be easy to forget to account for simple human necessities like eating and sleeping. Schedule the time you need to devote to all of your responsibilities! Be reasonable with your expectations of how long it will take you to complete certain tasks. It’s better to give yourself too much time for a task and be able to work ahead, than to be rushing and get behind. Include eating, relaxing, socializing and sleeping in your schedule as much as you can! It is vital that you allow your body time to recharge, even when you have so many responsibilities to be taking care of at once!
  4. Lastly, do not procrastinate! After creating a plan and scheduling out your responsibilities, stick to this plan! Procrastination may sound like a good idea in the moment, but it will always come back to hurt you in the end. You will be happier, your work will be better and overall you will find more success if you stick to your schedule and avoid procrastinating any of your responsibilities.1_rvsqsOaX-uZFcoo4WlqpSw

Things a Resume Should and Should Not Include

By Tsunkit Man

  1. Your resume should be a straight-to-the-point informational piece of paper. Anything like personal philosophy or hobbies should not be on it.
  2. There should only be two types of skills: computer and language. Soft skills should not be included.
  3. In most situations, your education should be listed at the top of the resume.
  4. The reference page is a separate document, and should only be provided when asked.
  5. Your name should be the biggest font size on the document (between size 16 and 18).
  6. Pay attention to your verbs. Any previous jobs should be listed with past tense. An example would be to say “cleaned” or “ran”.
  7. Put dates on the right side of the page. Doing this makes it easier for employers to decipher.
  8. Use bullet points to present your job responsibilities; do not use paragraphs!
  9. Omit anything that is beyond ten years. Technology is rapidly improving so things that you learned ten years ago might not be the same now.
  10. As an undergrad student, your resume should be one page. If you are a graduate student, your resume can be up to two pages.

 

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Tips for Dressing for Job Interview Success

By: Hanna Hoopes

Not only does wearing the right clothes make you look great but it is also a big confidence booster. Now while your employer should be focused on your ideas and whether you are qualified it doesn’t hurt to have the whole package so here are some tips to dress successfully.
• Keep it simple. Do not wear items that are too busy or will distract from you and your message.
• It is important to be relaxed and confident so wear something that is comfortable. You can’t be relaxed if you are worrying about your wardrobe! This also goes along with making sure your clothes fit properly. If you are constantly tugging and pulling on your clothes you will be distracted. Comfort = Confidence.
• Try using color to express yourself. Say you are applying for a position at a school you could sport there colors during the interview.
• Although clothes are important it is just important to be well groomed and to keep your breath fresh.
• A big thing to remember is that overdressing is better than underdressing. If you are not sure what the dress code is it is better to be a bit overdressed rather than under. If you are still not sure what the appropriate attire is you can always call the HR department and ask what they recommend you wear.
• The appropriate interview attire will also depend on the industry in which you will be applying for, as well as the location and time of year.
• The last important tip is to wear a smile! It is important to know your employers know that you love what you do!