An Intern Or Soon-To-Be Grad
So you’re starting an internship – congrats! Or perhaps it feels like an eternity as you’re slowly approaching graduation. It can feel like for-ev-er until you actually graduate and what can you really do NOW? Actually, you can do SO MUCH. You want to be READY for when you are ready to start the JOB SEARCH.
Start here for the top pro tips to get started in your career from the very first step – internships. If you’ve already had an internship – incredible! If not, learn how to position yourself with the best marketing materials to sell yourself.
Because while it might be too early to apply to a job, this is the time for gaining experience, learning, networking and getting your marketing materials together.
HOW TO KICK ASS IN YOUR INTERNSHIP:
Step 1: Get an internship.
Step 3: Stay in touch after your internships and remind people on a regular basis you exist and especially when you’re close to graduating.
HOW TO KICK ASS IF YOU’RE SOON TO BE A GRAD:
Step 1: Don’t freak out.
Step 2: Think about what you want to do after graduation, what that first job might be and where you might want to move after graduation
Step 5: When you’re close to graduation, start applying and always follow up! Avoid the black hole at all costs.
Step 6: Start a health routine so you can manage the stress of the application process.
Step 7: When you land a job, start saving as much as you can and being smart about money.
Step 8: Be unforgettable.
If you’re a soon-to-be grad you have so much to learn!
I’m here for YOU. I do this for YOU. I want to help YOU. So please reach out and let me know your questions – I was where you were not that long ago and I worked like hell to get where I am today. I want to give you the tools you need to be successful too.
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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.
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.
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