The Way to Success Newsletter Volume 5, Issue 2 Inside This Issue Benefits of an Internship Student Spotlight: Natalia Kulach Career Readiness Program Staff Monica Teixeira Interim Director [email protected] Paulina Guzman Coordinator [email protected] Marianyelli Hanna Coordinator [email protected] Jesse Rutschman Coordinator [email protected] Marcial Garibay Advisor [email protected] Richie Heard Advisor [email protected] Amie Jatta Advisor [email protected] Vernon Collins Office Support [email protected] Ann Sego Office Support [email protected] General Information Ronald Williams Library LIB-412 www.neiu.edu/triosss (773) 442-4971 or 4981 March-April 2015 THE BENEFITS OF AN INTERNSHIP Internships provide work experience opportunities to university students, recent graduates, and people considering career changes. Employers are willing to hire interns with little or no experience, especially if the intern is willing to accept little or no monetary compensation. However, the benefits of serving an internship go far beyond earning a paycheck. It will help you gain valuable work experience and give you an edge in the job market; it will help you transition into a job and decide whether the career is right for you; it will provide networking opportunities and enable you to apply your classroom knowledge; and it will build your confidence. Here are some tips to help you find an internship and possibly your future job: Plan ahead. Start at least six months before the time you would like to begin working. Reflect. What are your specific career interests? What can you offer a potential employer? Can you accept an unpaid internship? Refine your resume and cover letter. A good resume and cover letter can make the difference in getting the internship or job you want. Contact the Career Development Center at (773) 442-4680 to have your resume critique. could provide you with opportunities to apply where other students have secured past internships or jobs. Attend workshops offered on campus. Refine your resume, cover letter, and skills by attending workshops to help you grow professionally. Start a career portfolio of your best work. Use the College Central Network free electronic career portfolio and upload samples of your work that highlight your skills. Sign up for College Central Network (CCN). Go to www.neiu.edu/careerservices create an account, upload your Use LinkedIn. This in an resume, and search for internship incredibly valuable resource for listings. anyone seeking internships and jobs. Use the Career Development Center website. A list of Practice your interviewing skills. internships and job sites is Use the Career Development available. Visit the various web- Center Perfect Interview online sites to find out what opportuni- tool to improve your skills. ties are available Speak with your TRIO advisor. Network with professors, Meet with your TRIO advisor family, and friends. Networking often to seek counseling. STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: NATALIA KULACH I am a Music Education major and a TESL minor here at Northeastern Illinois University. My main goal at this time is to pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP); that is why I originally joined TRIO. with test preparation, but also with writing and reading assignments. I never dreamed I would receive so much help at TRIO; I thought I would just get a little review and be sent on my way into the academic wilderness. Instead, at TRIO I have received guidance, light, and lots of care from everyone. Because of TRIO’s awesome support, I’m very close to passing the TAP, and I feel much more confident about my intellectual abilities. I don’t know what I would do without TRIO Student Support Services. The program has made college much less stressful. I Initially, I thought I would just love what TRIO provides and I need a little review, but it turned Everyone in TRIO has helped me would recommend this program out I needed more help than ex- make significant progress toward to anyone struggling academicalpected. Fortunately for me, I my academic goals and offered ly or having difficulty with the found a number of expert tutors me constant encouragement and TAP. here, such as Dr. Karr and Yazin, mentoring. TRIO has helped me and they’ve helped me not only build confidence. TRIO Student Support Services Newsletter Page 2 CAREER READINESS AND PERSONAL STRENGTHS Ask your brain #1: If you are a college student and reading this, answer this question: Why did you decide to attend college? Ask your brain #3: In 30 seconds, please describe your top three strengths and describe how these will help you be successful in your career. Answer If you are like 89 percent of college students nationwide, your answer likely involved your desire for a well-paying or satisfying job1. While your studies of your academic disciplines will definitely be an important part of your preparation for your career, it will not be enough. Research conducted in 20132 suggests that too many employers are finding that more college graduates are lacking critical work skills. In an ever-changing marketplace self-competence and adaptability are two important qualities both to employers and job-seekers. Answer Whether or not you encounter this type of question at an interview, it is critical that you can: describe what is important to you, what you are good at, and how these things empower you to be successful in your work. Focusing on developing and promoting your strengths (the positive qualities you offer) is far more beneficial than trying to improve weaknesses. Ask your brain #2: Compare the following two statements: Answer Through a series of one-on-one meetings with your advisor (at least three), TRIO’s Career Advising Based on Strengths (C.A.B.S.) initiative is aimed at helping you: Person A says in a job interview, “You should hire me because I am a fast learner and a team-player.” Ask your brain #4: Explain how TRIO can contribute to your success through career advising. Person B says to the interviewer: “I am someone who has always naturally taken time to identify what I need to learn to complete a task, for example… (and proceeds to give an example). In my experience fundraising for [student organization] as a college freshman, I learned the importance of relying on the efforts of others on a team and always do my best when working with others.” If you had to choose one of these statements for your own interview with an employer, which one would you choose and why? Answer Person A’s statement does not differentiate him or her in any way from other applicants, who are all likely to claim the same thing. Person B’s statement shows self-authorship, which is defined as: “how we learn to negotiate and act on our own purposes, values, feelings, and meanings…”2, which is far more valuable than practicing an interview script. Better understand your personal strengths and how these relate to your career. Discover new possibilities for your career and take action to explore these possibilities. Craft a strong professional identity and effectively communicate it in your resumes, cover letters, personal statements, LinkedIn profile, or job interviews. Feel more hopeful and self-confident about who you are and your career goals, which research suggests will help you perform better in school and graduate!3 Ask your brain #5: Are you interested in taking advantage of these services? Answer Please complete our participation agreement form at: http://tinyurl.com/yestriocabs or see your TRIO advisor. 1. J. Pryor et. al (2012). The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2012, Higher Education Research Institute study, visit www.heri.ucla.edu. 2. Harris Interactive (2013). Bridge That Gap: Analyzing the Student Skill Index. https://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/files/Bridge% 20That%20Gap-v8.pdf 3. Mezirow, J. et. al (2000). Learning as transformation: Critical perspectives on a theory in progress. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
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