From sound mixing rock concerts to starting up his own web development company, Brian Singer of Foxtrot Media recently stopped by Stevenson University to talk to students in the School of Design about his company and the lessons he's learned along the way about working with interns and new employees. ...Click here to read more.
Career Success News
Ahh, summertime… Vacations. Pool parties. Sleep. But in between lathering on the sunscreen and catching some Z’s, it’s a good idea to get a jumpstart on the coming fall. And while I know that autumn seems far away, employers are currently looking to hire interns for the fall, and even spring or summer 2017....Click here to read more.
Last week, in Interview with an SU Intern, you learned about Meghan DeRoose, an Art & Visual Communication Design major, graduating this-coming May and her experience interning with GTech designs as a graphic designer. Here is that interview, continued:
How did it feel to be assigned such big tasks?
Being tasked to rebrand GTech was definitely a boost in confidence. The fact that my supervisor trusted me enough to rebrand her company must mean that she trusted my work. It made me feel good that the company liked the level of my work enough to brand themselves with it. It was enjoyable working off of past work, logos, and color schemes to give them a new look. This is something similar to what I would want to do in my career....Click here to read more.
Meghan DeRoose is an Art & Visual Communication Design major, graduating this coming May. This past summer she interned with GTech designs as a graphic designer. This is her story....Click here to read more.
When I say “test drive,” what do you think of?
Odds are you picture someone driving a new car – maybe yourself, in a new sports car, cruising down the highway on a sunny day. And for what purpose? To see how the vehicle handles; is it comfortable; does it feel like a good fit? Buying a car is a big investment, so you’d want to make sure it’s the right one for you, right?
We can spend hours weighing the pros and cons of different vehicles based on reviews and advertisements, but it’s normally in the test drive that we become sold on a vehicle or decide it’s just not what we’re looking for.
What if we could do the same for a career? What if we could test drive a job or company, then at the end of a set period of time determine if this is something you would like to invest in or return to the lot, and later test drive a different role or organization?
You can. As a student these career “test drives” are known as internships, and similar to vehicle test drives, these opportunities allow you to experience something new before making your investment.
Tara Shishmanian, a Senior Business Communication student at Stevenson, is currently participating in her 5th internship and can attest to the benefits of having multiple internships. As Tara knows, one internship is great, but participating in multiple internships is even better for a number of reasons:
1. Gain knowledge and experience. Test driving internships in different roles and organizations exposes you to new skills, job responsibilities and work environments. With each internship you will gain new technical skills relevant to your field of interest – maybe learning how to use a certain computer program or a piece of video equipment - in addition to improving your transferable skills like communication, adaptability, and time management. You will also become more comfortable working in varied work environments with different kinds of people.
As the duties of your position and the culture and structure of your work site change between each internship, you will learn what you do and do not like about a position or organization; this is very helpful to know before you commit to a full-time job! As Tara can tell you, one of the most helpful things about participating in multiple internships is that each experience can help you learn what sort of tasks or work environments aren’t a good fit for you. She knew early on that she had a strong interest in event planning, but wasn’t sure if it was something she wanted to pursue as a career, or what type of events would suit her best. To help hone her career interests, Tara explained, “I wanted to get started early in my college career and try out multiple internships in hopes of finding out where my passion truly lied.” Now in her fifth internship, Tara has confirmed her passion for working in events, but has learned that working for a city office or a large corporation is not for her.
2. Expand your professional network. Each new internship brings the opportunity to meet professionals in your field of interest that can give you insight, advice, and practical knowledge about your industry. Meeting and networking with professionals during your internship can also provide you with connections to future employment opportunities, as well as the potential for a long-term mentor.
Tara agrees that the growth of your professional network is a huge benefit of having multiple internships:
“Each of my internships have given me a great deal of insight, but being able to create a network as a professional is definitely the most beneficial aspect to participating in multiple internships. I have been lucky enough to work with individuals who hold diverse roles in organizations all over the United States and am confident that, as this network continues to grow, it will be extremely advantageous for me as professional.”
3. Build your resume; have a great interview. Each experience you have will give you new skills and material for your resume. Think about what you learned in your experience, the skills you gained, and the outcomes you achieved. The work you do in your internship is prime material for your resume and gives you great talking points in an interview. Recruiters will see many resumes with the same degrees listed – make yourself stand out with your internships and professional experiences.
4. Make good use of your time! Not sure what to do during school breaks? Does the summer start to feel boring by the third week of June? Are you looking to get into something besides classwork during the school year? College goes fast – make good use of your time as a student and take advantage of experiences when you can. Now is the time to explore your options and figure out what you enjoy in a career. You can only sit through so many Netflix marathons before you decide it’s time to do something; why not search for an internship that lets you do something you enjoy while increasing your professional abilities?
5. Increase your odds of getting a job offer. According to “The Class of 2014 Student Survey Report” published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 52.1% of job applicants with an internship received at least one full-time job offer, while only 38.6% of applicants who did not have an internship received a full-time offer.
In Tara’s experience, she has found that her role as an intern has led her to various other opportunities:
“I have not been offered any ‘full-time’ positions, but I did return to work for Vector Marketing for a second summer after originally working for them in 2013. Also, after working as the Event Planning and Social Intern for Angel Wings International for a semester or so, I accepted the position of Executive Assistant and Trip Coordinator for the non-profit organization. I am still currently in that role as a volunteer and could not be happier with my decision to accept their offer!”
The benefits of an internship continue to grow as you obtain more experience. Consider applying to an internship soon!
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