I'll be heading home for winter break soon; how should I take advantage of this time and work on networking while I'm home?
Winter break is a great time to focus on networking while school is on a pause for the holidays. The first thing I would recommend is taking time to update your LinkedIn and resume. Constantly looking at these…View all answers »
I feel as if I'm straying away from the major I intend to graduate with. Experience with my internship has given me so many more opportunities and avenues to explore. When applying for a job that may be a little bit outside of your major concentration, how do you craft yourself in a way that would make them value your professional experience over credentials?
Hi! I think it’s great that your internship experience has opened your eyes and has allowed you to explore different paths within your function. It’s not uncommon that in the workplace, someone…View all answers »
I possess a two-summer internship. Would it be beneficial to complete the second portion of my internship in a office similar to that of the first? Or would showing variety and choosing to work in a different office show flexibility and an ability to succeed in varying office environments?
Hi! Change can be a very good thing! Going back to the same, or a similar, office is not a bad thing. You have the ability to expand upon what you have already learned or really hone in on something that interests…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?
Your question is interesting. Critical thinking and experience will be very valuable as you move forward in your career. In some cases it might be necessary to pair experience and critical thinking with…View all answers »
What is more important in a professional setting, your overall experience in the setting or your documented credentials like a degree or certification?
Great question! Ultimately, it depends on the organization and the manager – some organizations place a large amount of value on the degree or certification. It also depends on the field you are in. Some…View all answers »
I know that it varies on an individual basis, but would you say that it's better to pursue an advanced degree immediately after undergraduate, or after obtaining a few years of work experience?
This is a great question and something that I, myself, debated about with my own career. As you mentioned, I do not think that there is a definite right or wrong answer to this and very much so depends on your…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?
The first step is reach out and make contact. Showing interest gets you back in the loop with updates on openings. If the employer does not know you are interested, then you are not floating in…View all answers »
What is more important obtaining outside experience and skills or obtaining the credentials that certify one is qualified for a job?
I would not say that one is more important than the other. First and foremost, its important to obtain the credentials to be qualified for a job because that is going to be the first requirement in being considered…View all answers »
College is becoming similar to a checklist for students. Is it bad if one strays a little off the "recommended" time frame for obtaining an internship or doing certain things in order to be successful?
Thanks for asking this important question! I agree that it seems like college is becoming more and more of a checklist for students. From a student’s point of view, it seems like there is already a predetermined…View all answers »
Many studies show that women are less likely to ask for raises. How can I best prepare myself to effectively negotiate raises in my future career?
First and foremost, do your research! Make sure you have a clear understanding of the salary ranges for someone who works in a similar role/function as well as the ranges based on the jobs location.…