George Bagel Director of Career Services
Importance of Internships
More and more employers tell us every year that they of course, want college graduates who have good GPA’s and have participated in extracurricular activities. And, they say they want them to have some experience in their field of study as well. Internships are an excellent way to get that experience. We highly recommend that as a first step you visit the Office of Career Services so we can assist you in developing a powerful, effective and targeted resume. Without this the search for an internship or other position can be extremely frustrating. After you have your resume where you want it, we will discuss how to undertake a search for an internship. We have provided you with links to some of the websites that are available to you in the box above. Good luck and we hope to see you soon.
Career Myths and Realities
- There’s only one ‘right’ occupation for you.
- You are probably suited to several occupations. It’s wise not to “marry” an occupational goal, but rather to stay open to alternatives. Instead of saying to yourself, “I want to become a doctor,” try saying “I want to explore a career in medicine. I’ll give it my best shot. If I get any better ideas along the way, I’ll stay flexible.”
- Most successful people carefully planned their careers.
- According to John D. Krumboltz, Ph.D. and Al S. Levin, Ed.D, in the book Luck is No Accident, only about 2 percent of people they surveyed actually planned their career from a young age. No one can predict the future, and unexpected events are inevitable. Don’t miss an opportunity because it doesn’t fit in with your ‘plan’.
- Students who don’t know what they want to major in by their sophomore year are “flaky” or indecisive.
- Your first two years in college are a great time to explore. It’s okay to try something and decide you want to change direction. Replace the word indecisive with open-minded.
- Career testing will tell me exactly what occupation is right for me.
- Test results can provide you with additional information that may be helpful as a part of the career planning process. But tests, however, can provide infallible predictions. Use tests with caution. Critically examine test results with an experienced career counselor, and use your own experience and knowledge.
- Most people know their major and career goals when they enter college.
- Some people may have a major or career in mind when they enter college and may actually stick with their first goal. However, the majority of entering college students change their minds about majors and careers approximately 4 times before graduation.