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?”
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.
What did I learn from my experiences at the career fair? There are some basics that everyone should know and you will hear from others as well. There are also a few ways to get the most out of a career fair.
Traveling is time consuming. Not only do you spend hours on a plane or in a car, there’s also time spent planning, packing, and preparing. Have you ever thought, “there has got to be a faster way to do this?” Many inexperienced travelers waste hours each time they travel. How do you remove the unnecessary time and stress?
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?
The verb “adulting” was added to the dictionary in 2016 - turns out, it’s really hard to do! Recent graduates are struggling to figure out how to get by as they develop the necessary skills to live independently. Here are some helpful tips on these skills - cooking, budgeting, and more!
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.
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).
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.
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.