It seems like every other day there's a list circulating Facebook of the same arbitrary reasons as to why you need to study abroad in college. On multiple occasions, I have found myself reading these lists and by the end of them, I have perpetually felt like the odd man out.
I vividly remember the first piece of advice my university tour guide told me as I took my first steps through campus: "Get involved; find and take advantage of opportunities presented to you in college -- they can often open doors for you."
If my story is any indication, students seeking summer jobs shouldn't shy away from opportunities that, one, have seemingly little to do with their desired career paths and, two, take them far from the classroom for a few months.
Allowing for both personal and professional growth is right outside of your bubble. Make connections, immerse yourself in the culture, and find success. Once you step outside of your comfort zone, you'll grow more than you ever thought possible.
As with regular networking, follow-up is an important part of online networking. In fact, you may have to follow up more diligently when you are trying to establish connections with people solely online; it's easy to forget to respond to an email or request.
Just simply having a job or an internship is not enough. Even if it's at the biggest company in the world with the best salary possible for your field, it' s still not enough. In order to be successful, you must demand more -- and no, I don't only mean more pay. I mean more out of the experience.
There are several reasons usually cited by those who would say that an unpaid internship is not a job. The first is always of course, that they are unpaid; the second is that the work being done is often of an unskilled nature. None of these reasons are valid.
You may look at your resume and think that everything on it is too important to be left off. But let's get real. You're looking for an internship or entry-level job, which means you have just a few years experience.
They say that the first three months in a job is when your learning curve is the steepest: when you absorb a lot and grow the most, and college students are in a very unique position to explore three different internship opportunities over the course of their summers.
Practically two free months available to a college student in the middle of the year can be both a blessing and a curse. It is challenging to research the options and ultimately take advantage of them, but I know now that it is well worth it.
Every single day of a good internship makes a difference in your future. Your performance should improve as you learn the job and by the end, you should be a rock star if this is a job field you're meant to enter.
For most people, college goes by in a blink of an eye. Through all the studying and projects, you need to make sure that you get the most out of those four years. Here are the 10 things I believe all students should do before walking across that stage and getting their diploma.
It's hard to think about winter break without thinking about sleeping all day, and lots of time with family. However, if you can give up the extra sleep a couple days a week during your break you can get a few extra weeks of experience that will help you, one day, snag your dream job!
Studying at a different university gives you a chance to take courses that may be specific to the area or school where you are studying. These add variety and value to your degree that you would be unable to gain otherwise.
I am by no means qualified to suggest an institutional fix for our country's socioeconomic inequalities. I am, however, suggesting that we be grateful for those whose hard work is not intellectual and acknowledge the social constructions behind our presumptions of labor.