Increasingly, recent college grads are looking for a blended work-lifestyle where their work lives are flexible and overlap with their personal lives. The rise of “campus” environments made popular by the likes of Google and Facebook reinforces this idea by encouraging employees to spend more time at “work”, whether they’re eating in the cafeteria, relaxing on the lawn, or working out at the company gym. Their employees are able to relieve stress in nap-pods, company sponsored yoga classes, and massages. However, if you’re not working at one of these cutting-edge organizations, stuck in the 2nd month of your summer internship, or first job out of college, this idyllic environment can seem light years away.
So it’s been a few weeks since exams, you’re running out of Orange is the New Black episodes to watch, and are too sunburned to hit the pool for a few days (I’ve been there). The good news is there are plenty of options to explore in your down time that are both fun AND will set you up for success once the weather turns cooler.
Let’s be honest. The job search process can be stressful. You have to do research, write resumes, complete applications, and network with people. Add classes and exams on top of that and it can become overwhelming!
Henry Ford once said “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right” and this is especially true when it comes your career.
The truth is, job seekers today have more opportunities than ever before. However, it is crucial to rid your mind of limiting beliefs to be truly successful in your job search and land a job you love. Don’t buy into these myths and you won’t have any excuse to not chase your dreams.
Do you want to know what is one of the best feelings in the world? Walking across the stage at graduation with a job waiting for you. Want to know what’s even better? Having a job lined up in December when you graduate in May. I know this from experience. My client, we’ll call her Sarah, had a job offer in hand before Christmas from the company she interned for the summer before. #Goals, right?
When you’re an intern, you have two choices – you can skate through the summer just counting the hours until you can hit the beach after work and counting the days until you can go back to school, or you can make the most of your summer internship and set yourself up for success long before graduation.
Searching for a job or internship can be stressful! Researching open positions, preparing your resume, stressing over interviews… not to mention classes on top of that! Lucky for you, colleges often provide a number of resources through a “career center” that can help you prepare for your job search. However, since these career centers are often funded and staffed by the university, they generally have the larger picture in mind and are focused on the success of all students rather than helping you land your specific dream job.
With that in mind, here are a few things that your career center ISN’T telling you – and how to make the most of the opportunities that they do provide.
Internship… The word is probably lingering in the back of your mind. Your college counselor most likely suggested that it would be a good idea. And of course, everyone is quick to remind you how internships can jump-start your career. It’s on your list of things to do, but where do you start? What should you be looking for? And more so, what will it mean for your future?
As college graduation nears, your career and future is most likely on the forefront of your mind. This is such an exciting time in your life, full of new beginnings. You’ve been re-writing your resume, applying for jobs, and learning what it takes to crush your first job. Accomplishing those things is great, and I’m here to let you in on the secret weapon that influential leaders like Steve Jobs and Katia Beauchamp, Founder and CEO of Birchbox, used to advance in their careers. Do you want to be promoted 5 times more often? Do you want a 130% increase in career development that will set you apart from the thousands of other recent graduates? If you answered yes to these questions, it’s time for you to create your career squad by building mentor relationships.
College is a great time to pave the way for your future career because of the variety of opportunities for growth and learning. We asked some successful business women to share their tips on how to make the most of your college experience, all while preparing for your future career!
As a PhD student, I have seen a fair share of students who fail at obtaining a letter of recommendation either by asking improperly or failing to follow through to make sure the letter has been submitted. Having had to ask for a lot of letters in my career, I have the concept down to a science. Below are the steps for successfully getting a letter of recommendation from a professor. The steps are written in a one month countdown to the due date of the application.
If you haven’t called one of your parents begging for money at least once during your 4 years in college, you are probably Richie Rich and don’t need to. For the rest of us, searching for change in the community room couches, and using hangers to get food out of the vending machines is everyday life. At what point does finding a quarter on the ground become a life changing event? I don’t know, but that’s a new low you will probably only hit in college. Sadly, sometimes being thrifty just isn’t enough, and we can only stretch our last $5 for so long. That’s why I’m here to give you a few ideas for some unconventional jobs that you can totally have in college. Check out these jobs that you can have in college, while still focusing on your studies–or your Netflix…probably that one.