Do you want to be an Intern?

*Sung to the tune of “Do you want to build a snowman?”

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So, have you heard all the hype about internships?

  • Maybe your parents or professor is encouraging (or forcing) you to do one.
  • Maybe you know you should do one, because you’ve heard employers in your field think they are valuable.
  • Maybe you think you can’t do one right now, because you’re not a senior.
  • Or, maybe you’re not so sure what an internship is, don’t know when you will fit into your schedule, or even afford to do one.

It’s a lot. I get it. But internship are pretty cool and you can do them throughout your time in college, actually we recommend you start early and do a couple!

Here are 5 reasons why I think you should consider doing an Internship.

  1. EXPERIENCE

An internship is going to give you real-world, work experience.  You will see what it’s like to get up every day and go to work, deal with a supervisor, be assigned and complete projects, work with others, and so much more!  This is valuable resume material that will make you stand out!

  1. SKILLS

Friendly, Outgoing, and Sweet should not be the skills you list on your resume.  Employers want to see the hard skills that you have developed.  Internships are a great way to gain those skills.  Did you create social media marketing campaigns on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook?  What about completing market research with SPSS?  Did you use a Tax Pro System in your accounting internship?  These are the types of skills employers want to see.

  1. NETWORK

So you know Georgia College.  You have your friends, professors, Thunder, and a handful of staff members that you see every day, but do you know anybody doing what you want to be doing?  An internship is going to put you in the middle of the industry you are interested in.  You can talk to these coworkers, take them out for coffee, pick their brains, get advice, make connections.  You often hear the saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” which I believe to a certain extent.  Obviously you need to be smart and skilled in the field you want to work in, but you also need to know people in the field.  Put effort into both areas. Let’s change the saying to “It’s what you know and who you know.”

  1. CONFIDENCE
    It’s pretty scary to think about graduating and getting a job. I mean, who is going to hire a recent English graduate anyway?

Well if you are a recent English graduate that completed an awesome internship, gained real work experience, increased necessary skill sets, met an awesome network of people in the field, and took advantage of the GC Career Center’s services, than a lot of employers are going to want to hire you! You are awesome!

  1. GET A GOOD JOB
    The great thing about internships is you get to test drive a career for a specified time frame. You can determine what you find most valuable in a work environment; do you like a big office with a lot co-workers or would you rather work in a smaller setting with fewer people, do you like big cities or smaller towns, do you like supervisors that allow you to work independently or do you need someone that offers extra guidance.  Internships let you see multiple sides of the work world and help you begin to figure out what work atmosphere suites you best.  That way when you begin your job search you can apply to and get a good job that you enjoy!

Ready to take the next step and learn more about finding great internships? Or, are you not yet sold on the idea and need a little bit more convincing?  Either way, the Career Center is here for you!  Stop by, call, or email us to set up an appointment to talk internships!

The Career Center | 110 Lanier Hall | 478-445-5384 | career.center@gcsu.edu

 

“Is this what I want to do for the rest of my life?”

The first month of a fresh semester is already coming to a close and I am still trying to get used my new schedule. I went from morning classes every morning last year, to actually being able to sleep in for a little bit. Unfortunately, I barely get to sleep in. During the morning, I’ve been using that time to do all the homework I forgot to do the night before or to get a head start. It came to my advantage because over the weekend, I wasn’t as productive as I should have been and this gave me a chance to mull over some things that had been on my brain since the beginning of the semester. Maybe I should start from the beginning…

This past Saturday and Sunday, I relaxed and binge watched Netflix, but Monday was a full work day for me. I set up my agenda with all the major events I had going on for the following weeks, and in the midst of planning ahead, I started thinking about what I really wanted to do with my life. It was one of those random thoughts every college student has on if they ACTUALLY will be successful with their future career choice. This led to me pulling up the Google search engine and literally typing the phrases “Will I make money doing this?” as well as “How successful will I be as a Mass Communication major?” Before I knew it, I was searching for hours on websites pointing out internships, open jobs, and statistics on the job I wanted.

While I was searching all these websites, there were so many questions I was asking myself.. still. Most of these websites were confusing! Remembering that I worked at the Career Center for a brief moment, I asked a career advisor for help. He recommended that I use Career Connection, GC’s #1 job and internship search tool. It helps students and alumni find internships, jobs, employers, and I can even get help with my interviewing skills. I was relieved that I could see internships and current job openings that catered to ME in my major. After talking with the Career Center, I learned that Career Connection posts between 300-400 job postings a MONTH and has an employer database of nearly 4,000 employers. These are employers that want to hire Georgia College students specifically. There is no reason why I can’t find a job or internship that I like and fits me. I LOVEEEE IT!

CC (Career Connection) has helped me so much, and keep in mind, I’m only a sophomore. It’s geared for everyone and anyone on our campus, and even if you aren’t looking for a job in your field right now, you can still find part-time jobs on campus if you’re a little low on cash. That’s how I found out that SNAP was looking for golf cart drivers at night, and the pay is pretty good. Regardless, every student should check it out! Trust me: Career Connection will be beneficial now and in the long run!

Jai Fitzgerald
Sophomore Mass Communication Major

 

 

 

 

 

5 ways to make the most of your Spring 2016 semester

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Hi fellow Bobcats! As we begin to settle in after the first couple weeks of the semester, here are a couple things to keep in mind to make sure you rock 2016!

1.Get on a regular sleeping schedule

This one can be especially hard coming back from late nights and even later mornings during winter break, but it can make all the difference! You should be getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night. To accomplish this goal, make sure you give yourself enough time to get in your PJs so your going to bed around the same time every night. For the morning, set your alarm for around the same time everyday with enough time to get dressed and pack your books for class!

2. Eat a healthy breakfast

Breakfast is the most important, yet most skipped meal of the day! Once you master a regular sleeping schedule, you should have enough time in the mornings to eat something to kick start your day. This doesn’t mean you have to spend hours cooking and washing dishes; you can grab something on the go as long as it’s healthy! Try a whole wheat bagel or a smoothie! Who doesn’t love an excuse to eat more?

3. Be organized

This tip is easier than it sounds! You can do simple things to be organized and improve your time management, like buying an agenda, using a calendar, or setting  daily reminders on your smartphone! You can make getting organized fun by decorating your agenda and calendar or setting different ringtones to the reminders on your phone! These easy tricks will make it easy to keep track of tasks and events as you cross them off your list.

4. Be proactive – Careers don’t wait

Are you interested in a summer job or internship? Do you need to update your resume or practice you interview skills? Not sure what to look for when shopping for professional attire? The Georgia College Career Center can help with ALL of that and more!! Check out our schedule of upcoming events and employer database on Career Connection. We have a whole week coming up in February dedicated to helping you land the perfect internship, check it out on our Facebook page! You can also stop by 110 Lanier or call our office (478-445-5384) and our lovely Career Peer Advisors can schedule you an appointment for a resume review or mock interview! Take advantage of your Career Center resources and don’t wait until the last minute!!

5.Balance your responsibilities with some “me-time”

It’s important to make time for yourself as well as all of your responsibilities! After a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast, be proactive and schedule an hour or two in your agenda or calendar for exercise, crafting, Netflix – whatever will help you relieve some stress and conquer Spring 2016! Go Bobcats!!

Bobcat Career Spotlight- Nicole Moyo

Name

Nicole Nomalanga Moyo

Year

Senior

Major

Management, Economics minor

Hometown

Zimbabwe

When do you expect to graduate from GC?

May 9, 2015

How did the career center help you succeed?

The career center set me on the path to a purpose-driven career path through offering resume review sessions, networking opportunities and strategic career plan meetings. Through the help of the career center I was able to participate in an internship that aligns with my career goals.

What advice do you have for students?

It is never too early to start preparing for life after graduation.

Real World Experience in my Back Pocket

By Lauren Thompson

When I began Georgia College in 2011 I had no direction in terms of choosing a major, let alone choosing a future career. I finally decided to study Psychology and Management in the middle of my sophomore year; but I was still unclear as to what jobs interested me.

It is because of my lack of direction that I decided to get as much short term understanding and experience of the business world that I could. I began by applying to anything and everything that interested me.  As an undergraduate with only seasonal retail and server experience on my resume, I decided that it was vital to make strategic use of my working time even if it meant being unpaid for a short while.

Something that I did not realize when I applied to my second, third and fourth internships was that intern experiences on undergraduate resumes are rare. The internship experience I gained really does set me apart from the rest of the crowd, especially since I can articulate exactly how each experience led to my professional development.

Now that I have this real world experience in my back pocket I have a clearer understanding of my future career path as a Talent Acquisition Professional. I know what organizational size and industries that are a best fit for me. I am better aware of what kind of employment package that an entry-level employee in my field can expect and I feel confident to negotiate for these needs.

The benefits that my internship experiences have given me far exceed my personal development. I have my “foot in the door” and am confident in the contacts and mentors that I have made in four different organizations. My decision to narrow my undergraduate job searches to solely internship experiences will make me competitive in my future job search endeavors.

Lauren Thompson is a senior, psychology and management major at Georgia College.  Lauren is currently working in her fourth, undergraduate internship experience at the University Career Center.

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In with the Interns- The Search Process

In with the interns

Nicole Pitts, Senior, Mass Communication Major

Internship Location – Make-A-Wish, Georgia

How I found my Internship:

I knew from the start that I wanted to complete my internship with a nonprofit. I went to the website of every nonprofit I could think of and started creating a list of internships that interested me. However, I actually found out about the internship at Make-A-Wish Georgia through the Mass Communication department’s email list. Throughout the year they send internship and job opportunities to all students in the department and Make-A-Wish Georgia happened to be one of them. I got lucky that Make-A-Wish Georgia did their interview and decision making process quickly. I applied at the end of September and accepted the position before the end of October.

Advice for students looking for Internships:

Look for Internships early and often, use your network of contacts and send your resume out everywhere. The worst that will happen is someone will tell you no, but you also might be surprised at who says yes.

My internship experience so far:

I have loved working with Make-A-Wish Georgia. I’m learning a lot, because there is always something to be done. The greatest part is that everyone in the office is interested in what type of jobs the interns are looking for. They truly want to help us network with other people/organizations so we can land jobs after the internship. Also, my supervisor is willing to give me a lot of responsibilities, other than just your typical administrative duties most interns get. I was on conference calls with board members and in meetings with corporate sponsors during my first week on the job!

Are you interested in gaining Internship experience?

Visit the Career Center’s Internship Site to find out more.

Internship Week – March 2-6, 2015