This past Monday night’s #InternPro Twitter chat focused on what an early careerist should do to increase the likelihood of success in their first internship. Naturally, a good deal of the advice during the discussion was to be expected: “Do your research”, “dress for success”, “work hard”, “follow your passion”, “be a sponge”…
Yet in reading the chat’s stream again and leveraging some of my Tweets, I wrote down some thoughts about what interns should ask themselves before, during, and after their first (second, third, first full-time job, any job…) internship.
A recent Forbes article offered the same, worn “rules” on what to do if you haven’t heard from the company after an interview.
I have a different rule that applies: It’s called the “Promised Time + One Business Day Rule”. And if applied with confidence, gusto, and a wee little bit of verve, applying this rule should at the very least garner a response from the company.
Think of the years spent teaching a child good manners, how to ride a bike, brush their teeth, clean their room. With these in mind, think about this:
Can personal career management be learned in a few short weeks at the end of the senior year?
We’ve missed out on teaching young adults that “finding” a career requires introspection – and re-visiting the personal vision many times throughout their lives.
I understand this might be hard to accept. But based on the employability of our college graduates, perhaps we have the wrong people, or the right people in the wrong system, providing guidance.
It’s time to change that, and for Career Services – as well as mentors, alumni, influencers and industry leaders – to take the lead.
As a Boomer I shouldn’t admit this, but I like reading The Daily Muse and the Savvy Intern. While this admission is likely to cause of few of my more opinionated folks to publicly guffaw, no worries – I’m a recruiter and my skin is thick. But when I read The Muse’s post on 30 Things You Should Never Say in a Job Interview, the experienced recruiter in me cringed a thousand deaths at the apocryphal wisdom conveyed by the article. This isn’t to say there aren’t elements of truth in the points made by The Muse and the people