When thinking about the future, how important is it to follow a step-by-step agenda? I think as college students, we sometimes get consumed by this "checklist" but if we don't get an internship by a certain time in our lives or complete things exactly as recommended is that truly a bad thing?
Having a plan or "checklist" of some variation is a great tool to ensure you achieve your goals for your career. However, I think it's also important to keep in mind that there is no one, clear defined path…View all answers »
If outside experience and critical thinking is increasingly becoming more and more important, why is more schooling and getting a master's degree becoming essential in securing a job?
Great question! I think that the assumption that an advanced degree is essential in securing a job is not true for all fields of work. Many employers more strongly value experience and critical thinking over…View all answers »
I had an internship that I had to leave so that I go back to school and I'm interested in interning there again. What are good ways to get my employers to consider me again?
I would agree with everything Jacob said. The first step would be to make contact with your former supervisor or recruiting contact. Prior to doing this though, I think it's important to ensure you are familiar…View all answers »
Is there a value to attending professional networking events? What should I do to make the most of these?
Absolutely! I think professional networking events are important to attend even if you aren't actively job searching. They are a great way to expand your professional network and learn about other jobs and…View all answers »
What are the most effective qualities in a strong leader and manager?
Communication, flexibility, delegation, and dependability are all effective qualities of a strong leader. Emotional intelligence is also a quality of a great leader and equally, if not more important.…View all answers »
Many colleges preach study abroad as an invaluable experience that everyone possible should participate in. What is your view on study abroad? Is it as beneficial as it is led on to be by colleges?
I think the answer to this could vary depending on your career goals. If you have an interest in international business or any sort of position that would view international experience as valuable, then yes,…View all answers »
When reviewing resumes and employment applications of newly graduated college students, do employers value a higher GPA or a more rigorous class schedule?
Every company is different so it's difficult to say that this is important to all employers. In my experience, involvement and experience outside of the classroom is more important and is weighted heavier.…View all answers »
How early in one's college career should they start looking at post-graduate opportunities (such as jobs or graduate schools)?
Great question! It is never too early to begin planning for post-graduation. Your freshman and sophomore year are a great time to begin exploring career paths, industries and companies that align with your…View all answers »
Many recruiters won’t set up a face-to-face until after a phone interview. What should I focus on in a phone interview? What are they looking for?
A phone interview is essentially your opportunity to make your first impression and for recruiters to weed out any candidates that may not be a fit for the position. It is hard to fully gauge someone's qualifications…View all answers »
What are some tips to make sure I'm effectively communicating with my colleagues and bosses?
Great question! Effective communication is key for a successful working relationship. In order to effectively communication with your colleagues and boss, I think it's most important to first understand their…View all answers »