Ask a Stroudie Series: “What’s One Piece of Advice You’d Give to Young Professionals?”

Ask a Stroudie Series: “What’s One Piece of Advice You’d Give to Young Professionals?”

Starting out on the path to your career as a young professional can be daunting - I know I am stumbling a bit as I’m finding my way. What if someone else could do the heavy lifting by making those mistakes for you? Well, in our new series “Ask a Stroudie,” we’ll be asking Stroudies about what they’ve learned so far on their career paths.

In this segment, we asked, “What’s one piece of advice you’d give to young professionals?”

The 10 Questions to Ask at the Career Fair

The 10 Questions to Ask at the Career Fair

Attending a career fair can be intimidating - a maze of booths, stacks of resumes, and long lines of students in blazers all trying to get employed. And once you do get to the front of the line, you always forget to ask the questions you meant to ask, right? Well, here’s a helpful set of questions to take with you. Choose from the following to make sure you don’t miss anything vital when talking to recruiters.

How to Find the Right Career for Me

How to Find the Right Career for Me

Recruiters often give great advice on making yourself more attractive to their company, while lending little focus to choosing the right career path for you. Finding the right career path can be confusing - but that’s to be expected! There are so many options available to you that making a decision can feel intimidating. How do you weed through the world of careers to find a career you’ll love?

Get the Most Out of Your Internship/Co-Op

Get the Most Out of Your Internship/Co-Op

When first applying to jobs, millennials often find that prior job experience is required to get entry-level jobs. How can you break out of this paradoxical cycle? Internships and co-ops! It’s also a low-commitment way to “shop around” for what types of employment you enjoy, make connections, and practice being in the workplace. Here are some tips to nail your internship.

How to Adult (Part I): 5 Professional Skills to Jumpstart Your Career

How to Adult (Part I): 5 Professional Skills to Jumpstart Your Career

If you’re just starting out in your career, you’ll likely see that the technical skills traditionally taught in the classroom are just a small part of what is required to get things done in the workplace. Particularly in more technical jobs, what boosts young professionals to higher levels of success are the soft skills that are often overlooked in higher education. Read more to learn some crucial skills to focus on when starting out with your career (or better yet, to focus on while you are still at university).

How to Answer Common First-Round Interview Questions

How to Answer Common First-Round Interview Questions

Let’s face it: job interviews can be daunting. College grads entering a first-round behavioral interview feel the pressure to make a good first impression, yet this pressure might hinder your true personality and strengths from showing through. All too often, people approach interviews with a “me vs. you” mindset, feeling stressed by the game of saying what they believe the interviewer wants to hear, rather than their authentic answers.

Read more to learn about some common interview questions and what we are trying to learn by asking them.

Career Search Series: Prioritizing Personal Development

Career Search Series: Prioritizing Personal Development

When students embark on their career search, they’re typically comparing opportunities on a few commonly-used metrics: intellectual challenge, reputation, salary, and location.

While these help form the foundation of an engaging career, we find there are equally important qualities that students often overlook. This series examines some of those characteristics. Below are some questions we would have loved to ask employers when we were going through the recruiting process – so we encourage you to explore these with potential employers and hope you find them helpful during your search.