I realized early on, when I asked my parents to help me create my first resume when I was applying for college and they looked back at me with confused, blank faces, that I was going to have to go solo in my professional development. This was an area that I could not rely on my parents anymore, because the industries they worked were so different from the ones that interested me. I fumbled through my first part-time job applications and networking events with very little grace, not quite knowing how to comport myself in professional situations, because it was nothing that I had ever been taught in school before.
Come the end of my junior year, I was beginning to feel incredibly anxious about the future, because I still felt as though I didn’t know the first thing about finding and obtaining a career. So I resolved to use my senior year to really focus on and hone my professional development. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in college, it’s this. I learn best when I have to teach others. Therefore, applying for the Career Development Internship program was the most logical choice to build my business skills.
By coaching other students during Walk-Ins and Career Center events, I’ve become more confident in my own business professionalism. Through the many resume critiques, I’ve noticed common pitfalls and have avoided them in order to create the most attractive resume possible. By giving advice to seniors about how to act during the Career Fair, I was able to work my way confidently to all of my companies of interest without breaking a sweat. And by going over common interview questions and situations with students, I was able to give very polished answers during my own interviews, to the point where one of the interviewers paused the interview to praise me for my “natural leadership skills” and said that he sincerely hoped I would consider working there, because he saw a lot of potential in me.
And I say these things not to brag, but to give credit where credit is due. This year, I received several generous job offers, and I have a job that I love immediately after graduation. And I firmly believe it’s because of my internship at the Career Center. Because they trained me in business professionalism skills, because they provided a nurturing and supportive environment through the job application process, and because I was able to apply my career-related knowledge every day by working with students. I highly recommend this internship to everyone, especially those who, like me, want to enhance their own professional development.
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