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).
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.
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.
Last Friday, I was flown to Atlanta, put up in a four-star hotel and fed at wonderful restaurants. All expenses paid. The catch? This was a job interview.
As college students, we interact with student affairs professionals all the time. They are an essential part of our Carolina experience, helping us seamlessly weave together the threads of our academic, personal, and professional lives. But have you ever considered getting involved in the field yourself? To kick off Careers in Student Affairs month, I sat down to chat with University Career Services’ very own Christy Walker to talk about her job as a career counselor.
So you want to apply to a study abroad program or grad school. Odds are you’ll have to submit at least one letter of recommendation from a professor. Who should you ask to write you one? How should you ask him or her? And what should you do to follow up? Use the 5 C’s below to help with these questions and more:
As you begin to search for a new job, internship, or any other opportunities in your career area, you may realize that almost every networking aspect involves the use of social media. Many organizations post listings strictly on their website or LinkedIn, and while the classifieds are still in use, everyone can benefit from utilizing social media to secure your next opportunity.