This blog was written by Kaitlyn Smith, our Campus Ambassador at Drexel University. She is a Communications major with an emphasis in Public Relations. You can follow her on twitter: @Kaitlyn_Perez.
Have you ever had your heart set on a job or internship that you were sure you were going to get? If so, and you didn’t end up getting the position you wanted, it might not be such a bad thing. Initially this might seem pretty devastating especially if you planned your whole upcoming semester around this position and bragged about it to all of your friends. The easiest way to blow this aside is not only saying but actually believing that better opportunities will come your way. Also, take some time to think about whether that job was really the right fit for you.
I had my heart set on a particular summer job for almost an entire school year. I didn’t find out that I didn't get the job until only two months before summer break. I had planned everything around this, so I was very disappointed when I found out. However, I managed to turn things around for the better fairly quickly. Because my school is on the quarter system, we don’t have summers off after our first year. I took this as an opportunity to study abroad in Spain. This is something I had wanted to do but I was very nervous about getting a co-op if I was studying abroad during one of the upper class semesters when co-op interviews take place. Deciding to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain over the summer is an opportunity I never would have considered if I was offered the job I had wanted and it turned out to be a wonderful experience. I not only improved my foreign language skills, but I made new friends, had many amazing experiences and saw many beautiful sites.
Of course, if you were looking for a part time job or internship and aren’t planning on moving there are many other last minute options. This is the perfect time to do all of the things you “never had time for” before!
You can take charge of an event for your club or Greek Organization. This will be something great to talk about when someone asks about how you contribute to it. Actually planning something and being able to talk about how you executed it will show how proactive and efficient you are!
Talk to local businesses about being their social media person. This is a great last minute option if you are still looking to have an internship because it usually isn’t offered solely by semester. Social media positions often aren’t paid but they are viewed as legitimate work experience and they can honestly be a lot of fun. Sometimes these jobs aren’t posted so don’t be afraid to reach out!
While not getting a job you really wanted could at first seem like a horrible thing, take a step back and see how you can make the most of the situation. Ultimately, something good will likely come out of it!