Career Connectors recently polled 500 college students and learned that when it comes to seeking career guidance, none of the resources they used were as helpful with networking as they would have liked.
Internships and other job shadowing opportunities are terrific!
- They give you a chance to get a taste of what certain work environments are like and what a particular profession or industry may entail
- They provide a forum for networking
- Optimally, you may acquire useful skills, experiences and insights you can discuss when you interview with potential employers
However, they are not all created equal, and don’t all deliver the desired results:
- Conversion rates from internships to fulltime positions are declining (@48%, down from 59% in 2012).
Be personal, positive, curious and respectful
Start with a human conversation. It’s okay to have some goals in mind when you have a planned or even spontaneous meeting with someone—to have your eyes light up when you realize someone is in a position to help you.… Read on!