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Wednesday, October 16, 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