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Posted on January 23, 2014 with No Comments
Photo: An example of a good internship (where there is communication and feedback), and an example of a less-than-good internship (repetitive tasks that aren’t related to career goals)
At this time of year, many students are applying for summer internships at a variety of different companies and organizations. With so many internship postings out there, how can you find one that provides a quality experience?
Whether paid or unpaid, or if you’re earning academic credit or not, there are several qualities that characterize an effective internship:
- Your internship has direct relevance to your career interests and goals. It also provides opportunities for learning skills and knowledge that can transfer to other work environments.
- The internship takes place in a supervised environment. The intern has the opportunity to ask questions, as well as receive training and feedback.
- There is clear communication, and expectations for both the intern and the internship site are clear.
- Optimally, interns are given the opportunity to see the “big picture” of how the organization operates. This might happen through meetings, events, and resources provided by the internship supervisor.
In contrast, what makes for a less-than-good internship experience, and should you avoid?
- Repetitive, menial tasks that don’t relate to your career interests and goals. We hear jokes about interns whose sole tasks are to deliver coffee and make copies, but that obviously doesn’t create a valuable experience. As a side-note, we all end up making coffee and copies once in a while – but those shouldn’t be your main responsibilities.
- Commission-based work (that is, being paid based on sales). As an intern, you are new to the company and are just learning about the organization and how it works. It isn’t fair to put you in a position of pitching products that you don’t know much about, and it likely won’t connect to your career goals.
- Paying for an internship. In specific circumstances, it might make sense to pay for a comprehensive program (interning abroad is one example, when your money goes towards housing and travel), but be wary of any company that asks you to hand over money for the opportunity to intern.
A quick Google search can bring up a lot of information about former interns’ experiences, as well as more information about a specific company. Do your research before applying, especially if an opportunity sounds sketchy or too good to be true.
Still looking for more resources? Come for the Internships 101 workshop, every Tuesday at 4:15 in the Career + Experience Hub, or stop by our Drop In Hours at the hub Hub, Monday – Thursday 1-4, or Friday 1-3pm.
Tags: advice, Career, career path, events, Experience, how to, internship search, Internships, photos, tips
Category: Career Exploration, Event, Helpful Resources, Internships, Uncategorized
Posted on January 8, 2014 with No Comments
Spring semester of my senior year – stressed out and exhausted, I was bogged down with papers, exams, projects, presentations, work and extracurricular commitments. On top of that, I hadn’t yet secured a job for after graduation. Everything was still up in the air and the next several months were filled with uncertainty.
In April, UVM Career Center and the Tower Society collaborated to host a panel and networking event featuring female business leaders. They were asked to share their wisdom and stories on their career path and professional growth. The advice they gave was invaluable and I found myself taking notes.
After the panel, I approached one of the presenters, a Senior Vice President with Human Resources at State Street. I thanked her for her time and shared my desire to work in Human Resources. Meeting her led me to several interviews and two weeks after graduation, I got the call and was offered a job at State Street Corporation!
Now, as a contract Recruiting Coordinator, my days consist of scheduling interviews, sending out offer letters, posting internal and external job openings, facilitating background investigation, and conducting new hire paperwork appointments.
Who knew attending the Women in Leadership Panel would land me a job at State Street? I certainly did not.
To all seniors who are currently in their job search process – keep your head up and don’t get discouraged! Attend networking events and career fairs when you get the chance, connect with those who work in companies you are interested in, make the extra effort to get to know and understand their business – who knows? You might be talking to your future employer. It happened to me.
~Michelle Leung, Class of 2013
Recruiting Coordinator at State Street Bank
Want to learn more? Join us with special guest The Intervale Center for the next Savvy Seniors Workshop: Finding Hidden Jobs Tuesday, January 21, 12-1pm at the Hub!
Tags: advice, alumni, boston, Career, events, how to, job search, Jobs, Networking, photos, Savvy Seniors, search, tips, your first job
Category: Career Exploration, Dress to Impress, Event, Job Searching, Networking, Uncategorized
Posted on December 5, 2013 with No Comments
Love it or hate it: Networking is an integral part of any job search, but it doesn’t have to be daunting.
You have likely heard some of the reasons why you should network. The relationships you build connect you to information, organizations, and people- all that may help you direct your next steps. Plus, networking is often the key to unlocking the hidden job market – those jobs and internships that are never publicly posted.
Even amongst all the reasons to network, it can be difficult to get started. Here are two easy steps you can take this winter break:
- Hold an informational interview. These are short 20-30 minute interviews that you set up to learn from other professionals about their career path, industry, or company. There is not necessarily a job or internship available rather these interviews provide starting points for building professional relationships.
Try to start with someone you know – a family friend, older sibling of a friend, or reach out to UVM alumnus in your area. Bring questions and an eagerness to learn.
- Attend a networking event. These events are set up specifically for building networks amongst professionals. Here you can have numerous conversations in one evening and develop those relationships outside of the event.
This winter break, UVM is hosting networking events in Boston (Jan. 6) and New York (Jan. 8). These events are designed to connect students and UVM alumni in those regions.
Read more about setting up informational interviews and preparing for networking events.
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Category: Career Exploration, Dress to Impress, Event, Helpful Resources, Networking, Uncategorized
Posted on November 21, 2013 with No Comments
‘So much to do and so little time to do it!” This could be the slogan for these times with endless deadlines, constant connection, and the relentless question: “so what are you going to do with your degree?”
Yes, there are many steps to take in your career action plan. Experience + career + experience + networking + experience… And yet, we also need a sense of our own value & values to guide us or else the steps are scattered and become merely check-offs on a to-do list.
To steer the course of your own life, pay attention to intention! A goal is something you want to achieve. An intention is the way you want to live your life. For example:
Goal: Get a job. Intention: Do meaningful work in the world. Intentions express what guides you through your daily actions in support of small and big goals.
Here are five ways to claim your direction:
- Clarify: What matters? People? Issues? Doing your best? Giving back? Paying forward?
- Focus: Keep your intention in mind as you move through each day.
- Activate; Take daily actions that demonstrate your commitment & intention.
- Share: Talk with others about what drives you to find others with which you can work.
- Acknowledge: Express your gratitude for people and interactions that support you, your intention and your career/life pathway.
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Mary Oliver
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Category: Career Exploration, Doing Good Doing Well, Uncategorized
Posted on November 14, 2013 with No Comments
This past year, mint.com, a financial planning website, conducted a survey and created an infographic called, “Wage Wars: How Men & Women Negotiate Salaries.” Through their survey they found that 37% of men and only 26% of women negotiate their starting salary after landing a new position. Not only is there a gender gap, but the numbers are substantially low. So, what can you do to help yourself land a job you’re excited about, but most importantly a salary you deserve? Use the 4 tips listed below to help negotiate your next salary:
- Research. By using a few different resources, you’ll want to research salaries within your career field and within the geographical area to help you identify a number or range. In addition, you’ll want to consider the number of years of experience you have, the cost of living and how the team can benefit from your skills and experience to meet the need of the job.
- Let the employer state their number or range first. Letting the employer state their number first will allow you more room for negotiation, but remember, you’ll have to defend your reasons why you need to counteroffer.
- Know your worth, and not just in dollars. You’ll want to consider other “benefits” you can negotiate with including; vacation time, flex time, bonuses, stock options, etc. Regardless, know your worth and have a bottom line.
- Keep calm and control of your emotions. Negotiating a salary can be filled with a lot of emotion, so do your best and leave your emotions at the door.