Sometimes (like today) you may get directed to job and internship opportunities at Research Park that seem to have nothing to do with your major. These job titles may seem bewildering, if you’re assuming that a relevant job will involve research, editing, or writing, probably for a cultural or educational organization (school, publisher, museum). “Strategic Resources”? Agriculture companies? Tech stuff?
Students ask me a lot about networking. Everyone knows they need to do it. No one quite knows what it is. Many people are pretty sure they’re not going to enjoy doing it. They often seem to be imagining a scenario like this Kids in the Hall sketch:
Never fear: networking looks nothing like this. Really.
Yes, you usually need experience to get a job. But often people apply for jobs because they need experience, and hope to get it by being employed.
The conundrum is not as cruel as it appears, though.
1. These expectations may be overstated. You usually find the expectations for prior experience in the “requirements” or “qualifications” in a job ad. It’s usually a separate section at the bottom of the ad listening all the things the ideal candidate for the job will have or be able to do. Many Continue reading →