Sure, there may be snow on the ground outside. But right now is when you should start thinking about a summer internship before your competition starts their searches. Many companies are already lining up their summer interns… yes, in January! It’s not too early to find an internship or a worthwhile project. Deirdre Quirk, a junior at Reed College shares some of her tips for success.
Today’s interns, those facing rejection and now soul-searching, can learn from the valuable experiences of those who have been in their shoes.
With that in mind, here is an enlightening interview with some great advice from one such recent grad, Megan Molinaro…
Lately, I have been thinking about all the failure that has led me to today.
I entered college as a biology major, and after failing at the sciences, made one of the best choices of my life. I declared English Literature as my major, brought my ailing GPA way up, and never missed a class, because I was genuinely interested in the coursework.
By the time I graduated, I had completed three publishing internships with the hopes of one day becoming a book editor…
If you’re college student, and don’t have a job lined up, you are not alone. In fact, you may be in the majority.
80.2% of students interviewed in the 2013 AfterCollege Job Seeker Survey said they had no job lined. Forty-five percent said that they found the job search to be difficult or very difficult. In 2012, 63% said the same thing and in 2011, 62% agreed that finding a job was difficult or very difficult.
We understand the job search process can be intimidating, especially while you’re still in school, but we want to make sure you’re giving it your best effort. Here are a few common excuses that may be creating a barrier between you and a job. Any of them sound familiar?
We know it’s hard to even think about the job search during college, let alone do anything about it. We surveyed students last April for our annual job-seeker survey: 80.2% of college seniors said they hadn’t lined up a job yet.
So what are some strategies you can use to successfully approach the job search while in college?
We Gen Y-ers definitely have a case of “instant gratification-itis”. We no longer have to sit through commercials or even for dial-up to get online. Why should we have to wait to become CEOs or work at a job that isn’t totally perfect? We should be living our dream life with our dream jobs right out of college, right?
Sadly, the world doesn’t work like that, and we can’t expect it to. We have to change our attitudes to fit the economy we found or are finding ourselves in.
Here are some signs you might be suffering from Instant Gratification-itis, and how you can cure yourself.