Utilizing your school resources to help guide you on your internship and job-hunting path is one of the most useful ways to advance your career. Over my past three and a half years in college, I have gotten to know so many people, and have been given so many diverse opportunities within my desired industry via my professors, advisors and Career Services Department at Iowa State. Luckily, I found out early on during my time at ISU that these people have huge networks and are here to help me succeed in my career. Many students do not know there are services and people at their school to aid them in their internship/career search, so here is a guide to help you become aware of the resources out there for you to utilize.
Professors can be some of the most respected people in their field or industry. Use them as a tool to gain some background knowledge on your desired career field. More than likely, they have been in the work environment and then moved onto pursue academia. Many professionals in the industry do not have anything but good things to say about their job. However, we all know there are down sides to any internship or job which professors are not afraid to share. Take their knowledge and use it when deciding between internships, careers or even your major.
Advisors know just about everything when it comes to certain majors and different career paths. They have had tons of students walk through their office and have ‘been there done that’ when it comes to different career options within your chosen major. Next time you meet with your advisor, ask them for a summary of job positions taken by recent graduates. This may be just the thing you need to spark an interest in a career path you had never heard of before. An advisor to your club or your major is a great resource to utilize when looking for a guide, or options, to an amazing career.
All universities have a Career Services Department within each college/department; use them to your advantage. Faculty members in career services are very well networked and talk to industry professionals on a daily basis. Career Services is well rounded in the aspect that they want to place their students in great companies, as well as wanting to help companies find great employees. They are like your personal headhunter. I would recommend setting up a meeting with your major’s respected Career Services Director and talk to them about your internship options and career goals. They will use their network to help you find the path to your dream internship or career.
Finding an internship or career is one thing, but finding one that you will enjoy is another. Internship and job hunting can be one of the most stressful and confusing aspects of your time at college. Why not get some guidance? Use your school resources to help narrow down your options, make your dreams attainable and open up a world of opportunity.
This blog post was written by Ellie Weiss, our Campus Ambassador from Iowa State University.