Kick Ass in Life: Internships
During your first few months, your goal is to get the lay of the land. You want to take stock in everyone, what they do, and—most importantly—how they work. Even if you’ve had another internship or job, every job is distinct.
I’ve gathered your questions! You’ve emailed me wanting advice on the job search process. You’ve asked how to get a job. How to get noticed. How to find a more fulfilling career. And so much more.
Reuben Stern who is the director of the New York Program at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. His background spans many different newsrooms including being the managing editor of the Columbia Missourian as well as experience at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Budapest Sun, and the Los Angeles Daily News.
Carolyn Kylstra started as Editor-in-Chief of Self Magazine just as it was transitioning from a legacy print brand into a digital-led media organization. On a deadline to create a strategy, an editorial plan and voice for the brand, Carolyn took on each challenge, and the media industry quickly took notice. SELF is an award-winning wellness media brand that seeks to help people to live healthier lives.
Should you intern if you’ve already graduated? This is a question I get A LOT. And I get it. You feel like if you’ve graduated you should get a job immediately. Which is great if you can. But that’s not always the case. Sometimes you just can’t get a company to take a chance on you. But you might be able to get a foot in the door if you intern for them first.
In any new job there is a probationary period to make sure you’re performing up to the standards of the position. Then once you settle in and your boss realizes your value, you can start taking some advantages such as vacation time or being able to work from home. Unfortunately, an internship is a probationary period that never ends
Think about an this summer – Why? An internship is an incredible way to get hands-on experience. Even if you’re a recent grad, an internship can be a great way to learn as much as you can, add to your resume and make connections to last your career.
You’ve been asking yourself what’s next for the past several months—wondering what will happen once you graduate. Now that you’ve graduated (or close to it), you’re eager to move into the job market. Welcome to the beginning, which is the hardest place to be. But begin we must. You are determined. You want to make your mark and start your career. So why the heck aren’t you getting calls for interviews? Why don’t they realize how awesome you are? Do…
If you are a May grad – don’t despair!! With only one month away, NOW is a great time to get all of your materials ready. Heck, you can even apply for jobs as you wait to graduate in May. Get in a state of readiness to be ready to kick ass in the job search.
You’ll have a lot of “teachable moments” when you’re first starting out. You might make mistakes as an intern. That’s ok. It’s uncomfortable to make a mistake.