Your career choice is important. It should be driven by what you are passionate about. A passion is an intense desire or enthusiasm for something.
What are you passionate about? In order to find what you love to do, you need to gain experience. This will lead you to find a career and other opportunities that steer your passions.
Getting valuable experience through internships or shadowing professionals can give you more insight into your career choice.
An internship is the position of a student or trainee who works in an organization, in order to gain work experience or satisfy requirements for a qualification.
Since the rise of COVID it has been harder to find ways to get internships and be safe at the same time. Participating in internships is a great way to ensure that you find something you are passionate about. Here is why:
Benefits of Internships:
Gain experience and explore a field of interest to see if you want to build a career in that particular industry.
Build your resume.
Allows you to be more competitive in the post-college hiring process.
Leads to better paying full-time positions.
Work side by side with industry professionals and understand what an entry-level role will involve.
Build your own network of contacts, from your fellow interns to seasoned leaders.
Spend time working on projects, learning about the field, making industry connections, and developing both hard and soft skills.
Companies must have different people and cultures, known as diversity and inclusion.
Diversity and inclusion will build the company’s culture with talent.
YOU ARE THE TALENT!
Enroll in the NCRF Internships/Career Program.
Most internships start interviewing first quarter January-March.
Start looking in the fall of your school year.
Look at every major company for internships.
Meet with your career counselor at your school.
Get your resume ready. Click here if you need resume building assistance.
Research your company and how you can relate to the company.
Plan your wardrobe from hair, outfit, and shoes. Click here for wardrobe help.
Ask questions. Come prepared with at least three questions that give you clarification.
Take the interviewer’s business card, send a handwritten personal thank you note to the interviewer and mail it to their office.
If you do not get the internship, know that it's ok and go for another one.