Originally Posted: September 2016
By: Vlad Kovacevic
It’s that time of year again and school is right around the corner. With September quickly approaching, there are a number of things to begin preparing for such as the highly anticipated Career Fair! For upperclassmen, this is a big opportunity to land your dream internship or job. There are a number of things to review and touch up before coming back to school. You should be updating your resume, refreshing your interviewing skills, and completing your Handshake profile! It also isn’t a bad time to begin searching companies to learn about their backgrounds and culture. By doing so, not only will you get ahead, but you will be organized and prepared when the stress of the first week of school arrives. It also isn’t a bad idea to begin getting in contact with recruiters. A quick email saying that you are looking forward to seeing them at Career Fair and maybe asking what you could do to best prepare yourself for this day could go a long way by maintaining your personal connection with them. This could also give you an advantage and get your name to stand out during the long day of Career Fair. Make sure to utilize all the resources we have available in order to make the big day a successful one!
Although many of you may think it is only August and you still have time to prepare, it never hurts to start early. When we return to school, the first few weeks always become hectic and students often find themselves pushing off refining their resumes or searching companies until the last minute. You will have much better success and be a lot less stressed by reviewing the necessary information today. Also, review our older blog posts as we have given advice in the past regarding this subject. Staying organized and being proactive will help lead to a successful Career Fair and ultimately help get you that dream job or internship you have wanted!
Originally Posted: Summer 2016
By: Vlad Kovacevic
Congratulations! You have gotten that internship you have worked so hard for! Now as you have achieved a major goal throughout your college career, there are many things you could do to stand out and be successful in your upcoming internship. Interning not only provides you with a great experience, but can also lead to future opportunities. As you all know, your internship is important and making a good impression should be a top priority. Here are some tips for how you could be successful this summer from USA Today:
- Be ready: Come in ready to go. Be mentally prepared to do whatever task needed at 110%. Make sure you are clean cut and everything is pressed and looking sharp. By having the right mindset not only will you be ready to work hard but also come in with a positive attitude. Make a great impression!
- Learn the company culture: Pay attention to what others do. For example, if other employees are early to meetings then you should be also, if people are quiet during phone calls then you should be too. Find out what others are doing and emulate it. Follow the etiquette others do.
- Ask questions: Do not be afraid to ask questions. Everyone knows you are an intern. Employees realize you most likely have never done this type of work before. It is better to ask than find yourself making mistakes and being a problem for the company. Also, most employees have been in your shoes before. They realize you have no idea what you’re doing. Find out when’s the best time for you to talk to your supervisor and keep a list of questions so you do not forget to ask them about anything you need.
- Set goals: At the beginning of your internship, sit down with your supervisor and figure out goals in which you are trying to achieve. Meet up with this supervisor a few times throughout your internship and see where you are and what you can improve on. By setting goals, you could keep focused on what you are looking to achieve and what you need to do on a daily basis.
- Get to know your supervisor: Get coffee or set up some sort of meeting with your supervisor to hear their journey and learn about how they got to the position they are in right now. This is a great way to learn the steps they took so you could eventually get to their position.
These simple suggestions could help give you an edge and put you ahead. Some of these suggestions may seem minor but the little things can go a long way, especially in an internship. I hope you find this helpful and good luck this summer!
Originally Posted: March 2016
So, you had a successful Spring ICE, performed well in a few interviews, and were fortunate enough to get a few offers! Now you have a good problem on your hands: from which company do you accept the offer? There are many factors that can aid in this decision-making process.
- First, you should do research on all of the companies who gave you an offer and read a few reviews to learn more about the culture of the firm. Glassdoor is a great resource to find reviews and learn about different companies. By exploring each company’s website, you could get a lot more information about different programs that you had no idea existed.
- Second, you should consider the big picture. You should choose a company where you see the potential of personal growth in the upcoming years and the opportunity for you to achieve your goals.
- Finally, after taking all your research into consideration, you should go with your gut. Choose the firm that you feel is right. After completing an office visit during your final interview and learning about its culture, you have most likely already formed an opinion. Just listen to your gut and you won’t go wrong!
How to decline opportunities?
Many people often have trouble or get nervous when having to decline offers from companies. The first piece of advice I have is to always remain professional. Acting professional not only gives you a good reputation, but could also lead to further opportunities. You never know who the hiring manager may pass your name to. No matter what you choose to do, handling the rejection letter professionally not only represents a positive outlook on yourself but on the student body as a whole. Our policy states that you have three weeks from the time offered to accept or decline; so don’t be afraid to use this and not make a rushed decision. The second piece of advice is you shouldn’t feel bad for rejecting an opportunity because companies are used to having people decline offers. Feeling guilty will not only make you accept at the wrong place, but will also leave you doubting other opportunities. No matter whom you know in the company or how bad you feel, you should always go with your number one choice and have no regrets.
What if Spring I.C.E. was not successful?
There are still many opportunities available if things at Spring ICE did not go as well as expected. Many of the companies who recruit at Spring ICE offer summer leadership programs (KPMG, Deloitte, Ernst and Young, PWC, P&G). This is a great way to get involved with the company and make your mark. Speaking from personal experience, I participated in one and it helped get my foot in the door for my internship this upcoming summer. Also, consider making an appointment on Handshake with Monique Frost or Brenda Homan to see what opportunities still may be available. With their expertise, they may know of a few resources that can steer you in the right direction.
Whatever path you are on, there is definitely something for you to do! Always act professional and stay encouraged if things don’t go the way you were hoping!
Originally Posted: February 2016
By: Marissa Humayun
It’s here people! Spring I.C.E. is just around the corner, and soon enough, there will be a maze of black blazers making their way to Millett to score that summer internship or job. It seems like just yesterday, everyone was spending their J-term cuddled up on their couch watching The Office or studying abroad in some exotic destination. The haze of our incredibly long break has faded and it is time to get busy! This is such an amazing opportunity to develop yourself professionally, especially for underclassmen. Now, as a sophomore, I am by no means an expert on Spring I.C.E. However, I have enlisted the help of the FSB Student Services advisors for their specific advice on how students should prepare themselves for February 10th.
- DO your research on the companies listed. It is crucial to narrow the 224 companies down to a few you are interested in. Have a solid knowledge base for each of the companies you are interested in. Nick Cattin, Director of FSB Career & Professional Development suggests that students look into companies they have not necessarily heard of, specifically B to B companies.
- DO take this research and tailor your elevator pitch toward the recruiters. Compare what the internship/job description states on Career Link to your own resume, find the similarities and create a pitch that highlights the best things you can offer to the company!
- DO remember that Spring I.C.E. offers many options for sophomores seeking experience. There is a First-Year Friendly Employer drop down box on the Spring I.C.E. Participants page that is useful in your research. Also, Brenda Homan of EY Professional Development and Accountancy Advising suggests that sophomore students take advantage of various summer leadership programs offered by many big names (Accounting students in particular can receive academic credit for this type of experiential learning as well!)
- DON’T forget to apply for your prospective jobs and internships on Career Link or on the company’s “careers” website as soon as possible! Monique Frost, Associate Director of FSB Career and Professional Development recommends this, as it will eliminate the question of “Have you applied?” and will show the recruiters that you are very interested in their position!
- DON’T forget to send Thank You’s to the recruiters you spoke to. It may sound obvious, but it is a key part to building a connection with a potential employer. Write down their names or snag their business cards and then email them a warm thank you! (Also, utilize LinkedIn to maintain a means of contact with the recruiter).
- DON’T stress! It seems cliché or nearly impossible sometimes as a full-time student, but the less stress you have about Spring I.C.E., the more successful it will go for you!
Best of luck readers!
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