What is an internship?

What is an internship?  For some people, the answer can be pretty tricky: What kind of work will I be doing?  Do I get paid?  How do I apply?  Does my field of study even have internship opportunities?  Luckily, the folks in the Career Services office know a ton about internships and what it takes to get them, too!  We would be happy to help point you in the right direction, just give us a call to set up an appointment.

If you want to do a little internship research on your own, the perfect place to start is the Career Services website.  Here we have a great list of information about internships and why they are important in career development.  An internship will allow you to take an active role in the organization you are involved with.  This real-world experience will give you a competitive edge in the job market by giving you valuable references and a practiced skillset that employers are looking for. 

If you are looking to start applying for internships, make sure to check out Phoenix Recruitment Online.  PRO has a variety of internships that are updated daily.  It is also easy to use!  Once logged on, you can fill out your profile, tailoring your interests and field of study so PRO can better match you to internships.  PRO even allows you to upload your resume, because some internships give you the opportunity to apply online. 

Get the ball rolling on your internship experience today!  Check out the Career Services website to see a Career Spot video extolling the benefits of internships and to get some useful tips.  The experience you gain from an internship in your field of study will be invaluable.  It is the perfect opportunity to gain contacts for networking and hands-on job experience.  The right internship will help you find your passion and may even help solidify your career choice.  Whether you are just starting to look for internships or ready to apply, Career Services is the place to go with all of your questions.  Find us in Student Services 1600.

P.S.  Also mark your calendars for the Spring Job and Internship Fair, coming February 27, 2013.

Major Questions?

               This past week, I received an email telling me that there had been a hold put on my UWGB account and I would not be allowed to register for classes until I declared a major.  This usually happens by the time you reach 45 credit hours.  How could that be?  I had no idea that I was that far along with my studies and the thought of actually declaring a major is a little scary.  It’s a good thing I have a plan!  With the help of Career Services, you too can develop a plan of action for declaring your major (even if you don’t know what it might be yet). 

               If you are unsure about which major is right for you, it is definitely a great idea to check out the Majors Fair happening Thursday, October 18th in the Phoenix Rooms.  The Fair will be held from 11 AM to 1 PM and is a great opportunity to explore the majors offered at UWGB and meet people in these programs.   Professors and students from various departments will be in attendance to answer any and all questions you may have.  You can also check out the Career Services Facebook and Twitter pages for more information on the event.

               Declaring a major is one of the most important things you will do here at UWGB.  It sets you up for your future education and career goals.  But contrary to popular belief, your academic major and career choice are not one and the same.  It is true that major selection plays a role in career planning, but some career choices do not require a specific major.  Entry into these positions requires a bachelor’s degree, but focus on practical skills and experience.  This can include internships and other experience in the desired field.  To find out more information, attend the Majors Fair or make an appointment to speak with a Career Services professional.  They can help you assess your own skills and interests, as well as your career goals, to find a major that is a good fit for you.

               If you have already decided on a major but are not sure how to declare, go the Registrar’s website to fill out the necessary forms.  Some programs to require you to apply (including Business, Communication, Education, or Social Work), while others have pre-declaration form requirements (like Human Development and Psychology).  Be sure to check the specific requirements of your program of study.  Career Services would be happy to assist you in any way possible.

Get LinkedIn to Success!

          Have you ever wished you hadn’t been tagged in an unflattering photo on Facebook?  Ever posted something that you later regretted?  Now imagine if your potential employer saw your Facebook profile or Twitter feed.  Do you think they would still hire you?  Like it or not, employers are using social media as a tool in the interview process.  There are things you can do to help yourself, though.

               First, it may sound silly, but Google yourself.  This is the best way to see what kind of information is out there about you.  This will show you exactly what a potential employer might see if they search you.  Next you should carefully comb through your uploads and posts, deleting anything that may be offensive or derogatory.  Changing your profile settings to private is also highly recommended.  Another tip that is sometimes overlooked is your email address.  We can all remember when we were younger and thought it was cool to have a silly email address, but when applying for a job, it can be embarrassing.  Make sure your email is professional and appropriate.  For a full list of social networking tips check out this link.

               In addition to monitoring your social media use, it is also a good idea to utilize the networking site LinkedIn.  LinkedIn is an online network that connects over 175 million members in 200 countries around the world.  Their goal is to create a professional social media site that would allow job seekers to connect with potential employers and companies.  You can create and customize your profile with your educational background, specific skills set, resume, and so much more.  This is a great way to present yourself in a professional manner and make connections with potential employers.  Go to www.linkedin.com and get started creating your own profile.  Career Services is also planning 2 informative programs on the LinkedIn process.  Attend these seminars on October 23 or November 12th from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM in the 1965 Room of the University Union.

          Contact Career Services for more information on LinkedIn and the wonders it can do for you and your job search!