Experience Comes From Everything You Do!
Job, internship, and graduate school applications all ask you to describe your “experience.” What they seek is evidence that you have the skills to be successful within their organizations.
Experience doesn’t have to be paid employment or directly related to your major or future career. And, yes, all these things can go on a resume!
- Jobs and internships – paid or unpaid, full or part-time, on campus or off campus, during the school year or the summer
- Student clubs/organizations
- Leadership positions
- Academic projects
Benefits of getting experience in a range of settings:
- Explore different environments to find a good match for your own style, interests, and values
- Meet new people, network broadly and talk to individuals about their work
- Discover roles you may not have known about or thought you would like to help you expand your skills and career possibilities
Searching for Jobs and Internships
Beyond Posted Positions
Roughly 70-80% of job seekers report that research, networking, and outreach were essential to their success in the job and internship search. Get started by:
- Researching and following organizations in your field, regardless of if they have current openings.
- Seeking information about industry trends, organizational initiatives and desirable skills from career counselors, professors, alumni, mentors, family and friends.
- Expanding your network by reaching out beyond your immediate contacts to others in your fields of interest who can provide valuable information.
- Developing a solid LinkedIn profile that reflects your experience, professional interests, values, and skills.