By: Noelle Chmielewski
One of the scariest thoughts going through the mind of a college student is, “what am I going to do after college?” The four years you spend in college can dictate the rest of your life. One might think, the harder you work in the classroom and in extracurricular activities, the easier it will be to get a job. However, the job market is increasingly more competitive and it is becoming harder for college grads to get that first job. To prepare for a cutthroat job market, SJU pushes students to find summer internships. Whether you are a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, the experience you gain being an intern will undoubtedly help you land a job upon graduation.
The Career Development Center is a great resource for students who are on the search for an internship. You can schedule an appointment online or walk-in hours are always available. They will go over different job options and applications. They will help you perfect your resume, give advice on employers, how to reach out to companies, and provide tips and other advice on interviewing. The Career Development website constantly post job listings and links to applications.
Don’t be afraid to ask your professors for help; they are a great resource. In every major, most professors have been in their industries for years. The job search is all about networking and most professors can get you in touch with people in the right industry.
When it comes to the interview process, it’s important to do your research. Before applying or going on an interview, it is essential to research the company you’re looking into. Know the job position and requirements. Study the company’s values and history. Be able to show that company why you would be an asset to them.
Finding an internship doesn’t have to be an overly stressful experience. If you stay focused and organized, you can find a position with a company that suits you. It could be an experience that leads to a career after graduation.