Something that is kind of hard for me to believe (even though I know it’s true), is that I’m done with college. I finished the year pretty much like I finish every other year: by taking finals, hanging out with my friends, and then moving out of Alpha Phi. This year I only made a few changes, which were staying around Indy for about a week longer than usual, and graduating (of course). But now, I’m back to where I always end up when I’m done with school… at home on my couch. I love hanging out at home because it’s really relaxing for me, but this time around, it all feels rather strange.
Exactly a month from today, I start my real life job. This means that I have a month to enjoy my freedom before I work for basically the rest of my life. (This sounds like I’m not looking forward to it – but don’t worry, I am really excited to start my new job.) What I’m not looking forward to though, is the fact that I will never get a summer vacation again, and a spring break, and a Christmas vacation. I will have actual vacation days that I can take whenever I would like (which I’m sure will be nice), but I think I will miss having built in breaks a couple times a year.
Since I only have a month left of complete and utter freedom – I’m going to try to make the most of it. This means sleeping in, doing nothing all day long, visiting friends, and crafting as much as possible. It’s kind of confusing to think that living up my free time will include both doing absolutely nothing and doing all kinds of stuff, but I guess that’s the beauty of it….right? Best of all, I will be doing no homework or studying of ANY kind. That was by far the best part about packing to come home – I didn’t bring any books or any of my binders, and it was wonderful. So this, I guess, is what it feels like to be a graduate. And, it’s not too bad…I’m kind of a fan.
Yesterday I blogged about the internships that I have had over the years, so today I thought that I should follow it up with a post about ways to get internships. Obviously, there is no special formula that will guarantee you your dream internship…but there are ways to be proactive about your search and your methods that can always help. So…here are my suggestions:
- Update your resume. This is important to do first, because once you find internships to apply for, you will need to send in your resume. So why not start off first with a perfect resume? Come up with your own draft, then send it to people that you know and trust, like professors, friends, or family members so they can critique it. Afterwards, be sure to update your resume anytime anything changes so it is ready to go!
- Make a list of the places where you would
What my Excel document looked like during my internship search
like to intern. This kind of a list can help guide your search process, so that you know where to look. I would actually recommend making an Excel document with all of the information about the internship program, their timeline for selection, and anything else that might be helpful (like a direct link to the internship website).
- Use the resources available to you. If you are a student at Butler, the resources are basically unlimited. There is the Internship and Career Services office, the COB‘s Career Development Center, and all faculty and staff are usually helpful in determining what internships would be a good fit for students in different areas.
- Most importantly – be proactive! Truthfully, nothing will help you land a great internship more than if you take the entire situation seriously, and work at it yourself. The ICS office, friends, and professors can help you so much, but at some point you really need to take the process into your own hands and just make it happen!
After you find internships that you want to apply for, there is always the interviewing process, which brings along its own challenges. So, last summer during my time at Vera Bradley, I wrote a blog about this part of the process. If you are interested, check it out here!
When we were little, everyone knew what they wanted to be when they grew up. Some kids changed their minds every day, and some stuck with one solid occupation, which is how I was as a small child.
- Me – all ready for school….
Except for a short period when I wanted to be a truck driver, I always wanted to be a teacher…until my senior year of high school. Then I decided to completely switch it up and go with Marketing instead…which I think was a solid choice. I love my major, but there are so many different ways that I could use it…so over the last few years I have been slowly deciding where I would fit in the business world, and trying to determine what I would like to do for the rest of my life. I think I might have my future plans nailed down now, and I’m pretty sure that I won’t have enough time to ever do everything that I would like.
This summer I am going to start my first real person job, with the Orr Fellowship. In two years I will have the opportunity to stay with the company, leave that job to go to grad school, maybe move on to another company, or do whatever my heart desires. That is where I have a problem….because there are entirely too many things that I want to do. I’m that kid who has unrealistic dreams and ideas about what can actually happen, and it kind of scares me. Luckily, pretty much everyone is saying that Generation Y will change jobs/careers several times in their lifetime, so I guess it’s not too bad that I just want to do anything and everything. Here is what I am thinking for my potential future…in no particular order:
- Work in politics – for a campaign, a legislator, or as a lobbyist
- Work with economic development – preferably in rural areas
- Work in retail – preferably on the corporate level
- Marketing – since you know, that is my major
- Sales – preferably with consumer goods, and maybe some B2B
- Plan events…maybe weddings
- Start my own business…not sure what kind just yet
- Be an interior decorator…or flip houses….maybe just on the side, for fun.
And I think that is all….I think that covers everything that I would love to do with my life. The positive side to this all is that there are so many areas that I would be interested in pursuing that it will hopefully be easier to find a job whenever the time comes. And truthfully…I’m so excited for the future. Thinking about the possibilities that I have before me is just plain exciting…because who knows what I’ll be doing or where I’ll be in 5 or 10 years….but I know that I will love it, wherever I am.
Tagged: career, future, Generation Y, jobs, LinkedIn, marketing, Orr Fellowship, politics, school, senior year, teaching
This is it. My last semester at Butler. Even though I’ve been a senior for awhile now…it feels strangely more official now that I’ve really had my last first day of school…ever. Most of my classes are only senior classes…so each professor is taking this last semester to teach us everything that we might need to know before we venture out into the real world. I appreciate it, but it just makes our future/the real world that much more real and imminent.
The one not-so-fun thing about being a senior is being asked over and over again… “So are you ready to leave? Are you sad? What are you doing after you graduate?” Fortunately, I have a job for after graduation, so that is a really positive thing to mention, but it is kind of difficult to concisely explain what my post-grad job is. As for the other questions, I understand why people ask them…all the time…but on this end…it gets old. So for the record….
Am I ready to leave Butler??? Nope. I like college a lot. And Butler has been the perfect place to spend my college years.
Am I sad??? Yes. Think about it…living in a house with 75 of your closest friends, putting off all real financial responsibility, going to class in your pajamas, living within walking distance of a Starbucks where you will always see at least one person you know, never having to cook for yourself, having social events to attend pretty much whenever you would like….college has been great. So I am sad.
- All ready for formal…one of the many things that I won’t have in my post-college life…
Throughout the semester I’ll share some more of my thoughts as a senior, because I figure that I only get to be a senior once…so I should make the most of it…right?
If you are a student anywhere from a senior in high school to a senior in college….right now is probably decision time for you. Whether you are deciding where you want to go to college, or where you are spending your summer, or what you are going to do now that you aren’t in college anymore, making decisions is hard….really hard. I speak from experience, because I had exactly one day to make a HUGE decision for this point in my life last week. So, since thinking about decision making is fresh in my mind, here is some advice for how to make very thorough decisions that you can be proud of…
- Do your homework. Educate yourself on all of the options, and understand what you would be getting yourself into in each area. This way, you know what each option entails.
- Make a pro-con list. Since you just laid out everything about all of the options, now you can gauge what is a pro and what is a con, and possibly even rank them in importance. You can do this by giving each a score from 1-10 on which is more important, or you can just rank them.
- Talk to people that you know and whose opinions you respect. This is something that I think is the most helpful, because sometimes others see opportunities that you would never consider. They can also encourage you to make a choice that will help you grow, especially when you are afraid of making a decision like that. I love getting the opinion of others, and trust me, it can be VERY helpful.
- Think about the future. Which option will help you get to where you want to go with your life, or at least closer? This can sometimes be hard to see, but it is very useful, and something you should keep in mind!
- Go with your gut. Usually what happens is that you have a gut feeling, then you try to talk yourself out of it. After this individuals tend to sway back to their gut feeling, or maybe they talk themselves out of the option so effectively that they they end up picking it.
- Once you make your decision, be proud of it! If you make your decision and then think, I wish I would have gone with the other option…you will drive yourself crazy. So do yourself a favor, and stick with what you decided, because it is probably what is right for you!
That is all of the tips that I have for right now….and even though I said that I had a big decision to make….I am not sharing the decision until a later date, so check back for an update on my life!
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