Gaining work experience will help you learn what you like and don’t like, what you’re good at, and what you’re not good at. It will also help you understand what different work environments are like.
Many students benefit from the opportunity to intern at or simply observe actual work environments in action. It’s like test-driving a new car before you buy it. Work experiences can help crystallize your future direction as well as teach new skills.
Work experience also helps build a resume. Employers value candidates who have had some experience in or exposure to jobs that are relevant to their work.
Remember that “work experience” might also include nonpaid experiences, for example, extracurricular activities, high school jobs, or volunteer work. These experiences can add to your resume as well as help you learn about yourself.
If you want more information or assistance related to gaining experience, visit the Bank of America Career Services Center web site. They can help you develop your resume, prepare for interviews, and develop your job search strategies. They also conduct on-campus interviews and can help you find internships or full-time employment.
Remember: Career exploration and development is a very complex process. You may need assistance exploring any of these pieces and/or integrating all of this information and figuring out how it relates to majors and careers. Please contact CCSD to schedule an appointment for further assistance.