My first two years of college were a real struggle. I had horrible study habits carried over from high school which didn't require much effort and yielded good grades. Needless to say, this method did not serve me well in my college courses.
Now that we’ve reached the final stretch of the semester, class registration is quickly approaching. Pretty soon, we’ll all be anxiously staring at our computer screens, watching little green circles turn into yellow triangles…and then into those terrible blue squares. But, of course, in order to know what classes to check up on, you have to plan your schedule. One aspect of the planning process that first-years tend to dread is choosing classes that fulfill the general education requirements (gen eds).
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Recently I had a chance to interview Craig Wiesen, president and cofounder of a young digital advertising company based out of Herndon, VA called Eye Popper Digital.
In career services, we are seeing more and more students who wish to forgo the typical entry-level first job with an established organization, and instead begin their career with a start-up. The opportunity to work in a dynamic, evolving, amorphous environment where one can have a direct impact and a valued voice certainly sounds appealing to many. If you are interested in working for a start-up organization, there are some things you may want to consider:
The tip this Tuesday is to start earlier, specifically, in your internship search. College may seem like a long time but, as a senior I can tell you, it goes by in the blink of an eye. Internships are key because experience is key. Schoolwork is swell and even a diploma is great and can show an employer that you know how to think, which is a valuable skill. But the only way employers can know for sure that you have and can do a facet of a job is through having experience. It sets you apart from the competition.
Two huge lessons that I wish I learned earlier is that exploring is essential and don’t put all your eggs in one basket. I realized the lessons my sophomore year when recognized that what I set my sights on from the beginning was not what I actually wanted to do. I came to UNC convinced I knew exactly what I wanted to be and what I wanted to do. However, that was not exactly the case. Everyone around me seemed to have everything together and knew exactly what they would do, so I chose something imprudently and struck to it.
“Great vision without great people is irrelevant.”
This is why Erinn Wofford- Allen’s job as recruiter/ specialist at Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina is so important. As a member of the Talent Acquisition team, she plays a large role in the hiring of new employees. I had the opportunity to talk to her about her experience in human resources and was even able to learn some resume do’s and don’t’s.
I used my study abroad experience and Women Studies’ research paper to get an internship at the Center for Reproductive Rights. While I had studied abroad in Japan, I had taken a gender studies class with an emphasis on women in Asia. I learned that while Japan had one of the best economies in the world, their reproductive health initiatives still need work, especially in granting women accessible birth control access. When I returned, my interest in reproductive rights was strengthened when I took another Women Studies class and was able to conduct a research paper on reproductive health initiatives for women in Japan. I knew that I wanted to continue this research in one of my summer internships while still being able to get law experience. That’s when one of my advisors recommended me for an internship at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York City.