As I write this blog post, I’m on an airplane staring out the window of grey clouds and blue skies and thinking about how fast this year has gone. I can’t believe we’ll be celebrating the holidays in just a few short weeks and that Thanksgiving is already here!
For most young professionals, the 2015 internship and job search has begun and is in full swing.
Determined students know that their job is to get a job. But whether you’re searching for a winter, spring, and/or summer career opportunity, the researching and application process can be daunting. So what do you do when you’re feeling burnt out?
Last week I had the opportunity to co-host a Twitter chat with social media marketing agency, Splash Media. Using #SplashChat, we had an insightful discussion on being professional – and how social media can help (or hurt!) your job/internship search.
Here are the biggest takeaways from today’s #SplashChat conversation:
Hey Old Dominion University Students! Lauren Berger, the Intern Queen, is speaking about internships, careers, and connections at your school! She'll be speaking Tuesday, November 19 at 7 p.m. in the ECSB Auditorium in Room 1202 . See you there! Make sure to RSVP here! http://on.fb.me/17tmqv8
Stage 1: Excitement, Eagerness and Enthusiasm
Three months ago, I walked out of Kenan Stadium at UNC Chapel Hill where I was one of 35,000 graduates and their families to hear Steve Case, co-founder of AOL, encourage us to go out into the world and seek opportunity. So, in typical Gen Y fashion, I left commencement inspired and ready to get out there, eager to make a difference.
Whether this is your first internship or your fifth, you want to stand out from the crowd and make the best impression possible. Use these tips to get the most out of your internship and make sure your supervisors and colleagues know your value -- without being the intern who's always jumping around going "look at me!" (We've worked with that intern. Nobody liked her.)
Wake up. Rush to spanish class. Forget your textbook. Grab a quick lunch. Spill your coffee on your new boots. Go to your internship. Spend an hour at the gym. Go straight to your calculus exam. Stop at the grocery store on your way home. Lock your keys in your car. Eat dinner. Finish that homework assignment. Finally fall asleep at 12 o’clock.
Most people have a passion for something that they want to potentially land a career in. For me, that passion is sports. Ever since I was little, I have been a diehard New York Yankees fan. My dream is to work in their public relations department one day, but that can only happen if I have had sports internship experience.
Sometimes it easier to intern in a sport that is not as competitive. The most competitive sports are football, baseball and basketball. If you can look for a soccer, or lacrosse internship first, you have a higher chance at receiving one of those internships.
Lauren Berger created Intern Queen Inc. in 2009, after successfully completing 15 internships and college and recognizing a need for more internship resources. Her online platform, www.internqueen.com, serves as the home of the business and allows students access to apply for any internship they want free of charge. The site also features daily content on how to make the most of high school, college, and post-grad experiences.