“Everything you’ve ever wanted is one step outside your comfort zone.”
M.A. in Counseling Psychology
B.A. in Sociology, Minor in African American Studies
I did a college internship at a non-profit organization run by the man who invented
Tip: Internship searching is all about YOU.
Where do you want to work? What do you want to do? Who fits your professional preferences?
Just like you would read a course description and look online for professor reviews
to make sure a class is right for you, it is extremely important to put the same amount
of thought into choosing your internship. Not all jobs or companies are created equal
and therefore you should make sure you know exactly what you’re getting into before
interviewing or accepting an internship offer.
Take the time to go online and research companies before you go in for the interview.
Think about the type of duties you’d like to do on a daily basis, what skills you’d
like to gain, the geographic location that you’d like to be in and the type of people
you’d like to work with and around.
Be more aware of the criteria you are looking to fulfill in your internship and take
the time to compare that with what a company has to offer you. This will lead you
to have a more meaningful experience.
Adjunct Transfer & Career Counselor
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly
satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. The only way to do great work is
to love what you do.”
M.Ed. in Counseling (Education)
B.A. in Sociology
I started my community college career at the age of nineteen as a student ambassador,
and now I’m living my dream as a Counselor.
Tip: Get comfortable being uncomfortable.
Move out of your comfort zone. Be willing to step outside of what makes you comfortable,
whether it’s with your personal life or with your career. Be open to new opportunities
and take risks, there will always be something to learn and through that growth occurs.
It’s important to be able to step outside of what makes you feel safe and comfortable
and be challenged with something new. That challenge will enable you to gain new perspective,
knowledge, and experience that you can apply anywhere. The sooner you begin to embrace
this concept, the better. Challenge yourself to get some work experience while you’re
in college. While formal education is vital to your career goal, so are the skills
that you gain through related work experience and internships. It can be difficult
to manage a full school load and work; however, what you learn through that experience
will be so valuable, and it will set you apart from your peers. Remember, your degree
can grant you the interview but coupled with your experience, it may award you the
Adjunct Transfer & Career Counselor
“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” -William Arthur Ward
M.S. in Educational Counseling
B.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications, Minor in Personality and Social Psychology
I never actually worked in the field of my major and it’s worked out great for me!
I found my passion in education and counseling students. Your major doesn’t have to
be forever, but your educational experience will open doors.
Tip: Find your passion; set no limits.
The opportunities in higher education are endless. College is the perfect time for
you to explore yourself and find your interests. Success has no limits, but it doesn’t
happen without a leap of faith and hard work. Your future is created by the decisions
you make today. Don’t let your fear of failure prevent you from achieving greatness.
Whatever you do, find the one thing you’re passionate about, and turn that into a
career that you can be proud of and makes an impact on the world. Your education
is crucial, but be mindful of your experiences outside the classroom as they are just
as important in finding a job. Student orgs, internships, and volunteer activities
allow you to gain the transferable skills to make you a valuable employee. Prepare
for your career by getting involved on campus, utilizing resources, and recognizing
your passion. An internship is a perfect way to involve yourself in your career path
by challenging yourself to change and ensuring that you love what you do. Dream big
and never let anything stand in your way. Belief in yourself is the first step!