Posted by Molly Morrisey on
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Freshman year I wouldn’t have known that senior me would be
a business student. Regardless, there
are a few things I learned this summer that I’m working to get better at.
1. Think about your 35 year plan. Someone asked me what my 35 year plan was
this this summer and at first it seemed like an intimidating question, but
after I thought about it I realized that it wasn’t. I have dreams and places I want to be
someday. Personally, I hope to own a pet
corgi at some point. Everyone has things
they want in life like a family, a certain career, a level of education. Even bigger than that our Jesuit influences
teach us to think about how we want to impact the world.
2. Get good at fending for yourself. There were a total of 1,800 other interns at
the company I worked for this summer. Getting
asked to come back involves both doing a good job and knowing the right
people. You have to be stubborn enough
about the value you bring and convince people that they need you back.
3. The informational interview is your best
friend.You can learn more from talking
to a real person for 20 minutes than you can from 2 hours on a company website. Informational interviews are fantastic ways
to build your network, get referred to job opportunities, and get perspective
on a company. The Albers Placement
Center is a great resource for getting connected to people that work in companies
or industries that you’re interested in.
When I’m structuring an informational
interview, there are three types of questions I always ask. First, I always ask someone about a specific
project or program they worked on. This
can be hard to find, but this is where LinkedIn is very helpful. I also always google the person just to see
if they’ve written or been quoted in any articles. The second thing I ask is about something
I’ve heard from someone else about that particular job or industry. Third, I ask about something I read about their
company in the news and their opinion or involvement on the subject.
4. Be ambitious. Use these four years to dream big.
Make sure you’re always taking steps to work towards what you ultimately
want and do a good job at everything you can get your hands on. It will take hard work to find something to
do after college. It will take even more
hard work to find something that you want to do. You’re in a great place to help you with
those things. Take advantage of
that. There are tons of resources in
Albers like your NSM, the advisors, the Albers Placement Center, the wonderful professors
we have here, and all the different business clubs.
I wish you all the best in your fall quarter!
-Molly Morrisey, NSM