Some Words About Internships

In college today, it is important to get as much experience as possible. Obviously, all of the classes you take will allow you to gain useful information and knowledge about your career, but it won’t get you valuable field experience that could be the difference in getting a job once you graduate. Internships will be that difference.

What is an internship? It’s a work-related learning experience for individuals who wish to develop hands on work experience in a certain occupational field. Usually internships last a semester, or sometimes even a year.  Interns typically work between 8-20 hours per week with either pay or college credit. They allow students to determine if the career they have chosen is truly the right one for them.

Why should you do an internship? That’s easy- Automatic ‘A’! No not really, but you can get academic credit for your internship, with the potential to earn a good grade depending on the quality of your work. Also, you can gain invaluable work experience and make professional contacts in the field of your choice, once again NETWORKING! In some cases, an internship could lead to a job with the company after graduation.

There are plenty of places to search for an internship. The biggest library of internship choices for UWGB students is Phoenix Recruitment Online, or, PRO. PRO is a comprehensive database of internships that are posted by companies all over the nation. This is the easiest way to find an internship that might be suitable for you. Another way is to talk to the advisor in your academic program. Usually this person is well connected in the field and will know about quite a few places to intern.

Doing internships are important and they will help you get a job. Work experience, whether it is paid or unpaid, will make you more employable. Internships are also meant to be a learning experience, so in order to be successful at your internship, or any job for that matter, you must open yourself up

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Choosing a Major

Where do you go to school? How do you like it? What’s your major? These three questions will be fired at students in rapid succession for the better part of their years spent in college. Asking about your school and your major is an easy way for people to start a conversation with you, but if you don’t know what your major is yet, saying “I’m undecided” can get old pretty fast. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to figure out the right major for you. 

One of the first and easiest ways to get a general idea of what you might want to do is to take a career assessment test. These tests will ask you multiple choice questions regarding your interests, competencies, and preferences and will then generate a few careers that you may be interested in.  You can also narrow the search to show you results that just include majors in the UW-System.

Another step that you can take to determining your major is taking a career planning class, offered at UWGB in both fall and spring semesters.  The one credit course is designed to help you focus on both short and long term goals in terms of your career and life in general. It will help you assess yourself and explore career and major options.

Once you choose a major, the next step in the process is to figure out what you careers you can do with it.  Typically, each major can be associated with multiple careers. Example: with a degree in business administration you can do accounting, financial services, economics, or personnel resources.  A lot of majors allow you to select from a variety of concentration within your selected major which makes for a more specialized degree.

When you talk to someone who knows exactly what they want to do with their lives, don’t be fooled, most incoming freshmen have no idea. In fact, some may say its better not to know right away because then you are more open to the possibilities of finding something that you may really enjoy.

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Are You Thinking About Graduate School?

For a lot of college students, the natural step after graduation is going out into the world and experiencing the job force.  Some graduates aren’t aware that there is a different path they can take: Graduate school.

 What is graduate school? It’s a way of furthering your education so you can become more qualified for a job in your field of study. Getting a graduate degree is useful for many reasons; career advancement and better salary are just two of the main benefits.

 Graduate school isn’t for the faint of heart, depending what degree you are looking for, Masters or Doctorate, you’ll probably be in school for at least three more years. It’s quite the undertaking, and you have to be prepared to study, study, study. It requires an intense commitment of time and money, and generally, a 3.0 grade point average is expected.

 Attending graduate school right after college makes the most sense for some people. These people must be passionate about their subject and ready to enrich themselves in it. Attending grad school immediately can also be good because students are already used to being students, their study skills are sharp and they have momentum.

 On the other hand, some people considering grad school go out into the work force for a year or two, which is also a viable option. Continuing school is a big decision, and taking some time to think about it can save you money. Also, if you gain some work experience, you will have a more mature and broad outlook on school and work. By waiting a few years, you will have more time to grow as a person and figure out what you really want.

 All things considered, attending graduate school can be one of the most enriching experiences of your life, if you are ready to take it on. In today’s modern world that is so focused on competition, especially in the work place, it might not hurt to have the extra education and experience to gain a slight upper hand.


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