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A Post from the Intern: Job Searching is in the Air
My summer internship turned into an experience that I am incredibly grateful for. Not only did I have the opportunity to meet and work with a fantastic group of individuals, but I also learned invaluable lessons in business, marketing, and the use of social media. But how many other interns can say that they didn’t just learn about their specific field, but are also now able to focus that knowledge into their job search? I can. That’s because, in the course of this internship, job searching has been my industry. And what a fascinating, eye-opening, and highly relevant industry it is.
I was asked to stay on for the fall in order to continue my social media support, as well as comment on what my experiences are this fall as a college senior (aka the time many young adults are preparing to enter the workforce). While, like most seniors in college, I am currently multitasking the three enormous tasks of finishing my undergraduate education, searching for a job for after graduation, and studying for a graduate school entrance exam, I am also in the unique position of being able to continue my work with LinkUp in order to document what this process is actually like for people in this situation.
I attend Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, which means I started about a month later than most universities. I am about to enter my second week of classes and I will be taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) this upcoming Saturday, but in today’s career-centric world, that doesn’t mean I can take a break from my job search. Northwestern is hosting a job fair for its students and graduates Tuesday, October 1st (today!) with 100+ employers from around the country. It is a great way to explore the opportunities available to us as students, to gauge what we are interested in, to learn what other like-minded individuals are considering, and to overall serve as an introduction to the process.
Imagine hundreds of 18-22 year olds, dressed in their very first suit and carrying resumes dotted with their campus leadership roles and summer internships – think middle school science fair, except instead of styrofoam planetary models at each booth, there are business professionals presenting their industry, and what their specific company has to offer its new hires.
My advice: Multitask. Don’t be afraid to try and juggle all that is around you. Attend these job fairs and see what is out there. Even if you are not a senior, even if you are planning on going straight to graduate school, or even if you are entirely undecided on what you want to do. The best thing you can do for yourself as a young job seeker (or really, any type of job seeker) is to see what is out there!
After all, job searching is in the air.