Last spring, I was offered the opportunity to interview for my perfect summer internship, on campus. I was excited, but also nervous. I had been to interviews on- site with different companies, but an on- campus interview was new for me. Do I still dress up? Will I feel too relaxed, being on campus? Is there more pressure since they are coming to me this time? All of these questions were running through my mind when I confirmed a time for the interview. The day finally arrived, and I prepared for my interview in Hanes Hall. These are my take-aways from this experience:
I came in my first year at Carolina knowing that law school was on my radar. I had no idea if that was going to change over the course of my four years here, but I met with the pre-law advisor my first semester. Not only did I walk away with that appointment with plenty of helpful brochures about applying for law school, I came back with the knowledge that it is never too early to start thinking about your post-graduation plans.
Congratulations, new Tar Heel! You have taken one of the very first important decisions you could ever make in your young adult life. Upon observing your new environment, you might have noticed that there are many important decisions to make. As someone who was in your current position exactly at this time last year, you should know that worrying too much and stressing isn’t the ideal way to go. What really helps is taking things one step at a time, and relying on resources to help you along the way.
Last semester, I had the chance to chat with John Cluverius, a doctoral student in political science at UNC and an aspiring political science researcher and professor. A PhD program in any area requires a high level of discipline and passion for your subject, but for those “nerds” out there who feel like they’re married to their major, a career in academia might be an attractive option! For me, political science has always been interesting on a level beyond what we’ve learned in class.
During the spring of my sophomore year, I found myself walking around the Spring Job & Internship Expo with a stack of resumes in hand. I didn’t have any particular companies or job categories in mind, but after working with UCS for a year I knew it was beneficial to see what was out there for internship opportunities. Being the typical American young adult female that I am, I was drawn in by the red and white bulls eye above the Target table.
Think about how much easier senior year would be if you had a full-time job secured before Thanksgiving. Positions are already posted on Careerolina, and deadlines are approaching quickly (some have even passed already). An early start can help maximize opportunities and minimize stress.
The best advice I could give to any first-year student is to get started NOW. A common misconception is that you need to wait until senior year to utilize University Career Services (UCS). After all, you’re not even thinking about applying for jobs yet, right? However, UCS does so much more than helping seniors find full-time jobs.
Growth is extremely important in the company you start your career with. Growth equals opportunity, and opportunity allows for personal impact. When you’re able to make an impact on a daily basis, you begin to write some interesting chapters in the story of your life. – Park Denning
Career development can seem tricky and overwhelming. So as an undergraduate, how can you realistically be preparing for a future career? Try going to an organization’s information session through University Career Services (UCS).
As summer rolls around, so do the questions about your plans. If you don’t have any summer plans lined up, that’s okay – just start thinking about it now! Depending on your major and career plans, there are a variety of appropriate ways to spend your summer.