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Current Career Topics for Mount St. Mary's University Students

Keyword: internships

Beginning a new internship and job is always exciting.  It is exciting because it is another chapter in your life with new opportunities and new beginnings.  But what happens when your new internship or job is not everything you expected it to be? Sometimes you get a gut intuition on the first day that the job simply is not for you.  This is often a hard thing to accept because you were so happy to be given a new opportunity.  If this happens to you, remind yourself that you are not a failure.  The job simply is not for you.  You have to remember to do what is best for you.  There will be other opportunities out there, better fitted with your personality.  Sometimes you have to let go and let God.  In other words, put faith in God that He will take care of you.  Often times a prayer of faith can help you discern what the right decision is.  You also have to faith in yourself.

Facing this road bump in life can sometimes be avoided.  Doing thorough research of a company and what your job description will be is one way you can avoid facing conflict and disappointment.  You can do this research online.  You can also get in contact with people that have previously worked or interned with a specific company.  If you do not know anyone that has previously worked or interned for the company, going to The Career Center is one way to try and get connected.  The Career Center regularly interacts with current students, alumni, and employers, so it may be possible to receive contact information for a company. 

Also, it may help to consider what the opportunity may cost.  Often times you get so caught up in the moment of being given such an amazing new opportunity that you do not see the downsides.  You start to not see the true opportunity costs (especially the negative ones).  You start to have a mentality that everything will turn out great because you just got hired.  It is important to take time to make a list of your opportunity costs.  Things such as the commute and being away from your support group (family and friends) are things to be considered.  Try to really picture yourself in your new job or internship and if it will help you reach your goals. 

One last thing to consider before accepting a new job or internship is not settling for less than you deserve.  This can be very challenging to do because often times we need to get a job or an internship.  You should not accept an internship or job simply because it is your only offer.  You should accept an internship or job because it will be beneficial to you.  This requires a lot of self reflection.  One question you always have to ask yourself before accepting a job or internship offer is, “is this truly for me?”  The answer simply cannot be yes or no.  Remember to reflect on what you truly want in life.  Reflect on what your morals and values are.  Reflect on what makes you truly happy.  This is essential in finding the right fit for you in an internship or job.   

I'm sure at this point of the semester we're all thinking the same thing: how is it already the end of this fall semester? It seems like just yesterday that we received the syllabus for each of our classes, and now we are receiving review sheets for all our final exams. This semester just seemed to fly by, and yet here we are in the midst of preparing for final exams.

M OrnerI know that I am personally finding it hard to believe that it is already my last week interning at the Career Center this fall semester. This has all been such a great experience, and I could not be happier with my decision to intern here. This internship gave me the opportunity to improve my writing and editing skills by writing weekly articles for the Mountain Echo newspaper and the Career Corner blog, and I was also introduced to some basic marketing principles. I feel like I was really able to grow as a person and as a writer throughout this whole experience.

This internship also provided me with a very deep insight into the inner workings of the Career Center, and I was given the opportunity to understand more about professional marketing, promoting, and event planning on a daily basis. I look forward to continuing my internship in the spring and seeing how this experience will help me in my future career.

The Career Center will be starting a new initiative in the spring: the Peer Career Advising Program. The Peer Career Advising Program will most likely resemble the Peer Tutoring program here on campus, but it will involve career coaching instead of academic coaching. Peer Career Advisors, or PCA's, will have the opportunity to provide students with resume review and tips, cover letter information, reference page information, interviewing skills, networking and LinkedIn information, an introduction to College Central and Career Center resources, and overall professionalism. I look forward to being a part of this program. Be sure to lookout for more information about this program at the start of next semester!

I would like to thank Clare, Matt and Naomi for giving me this great opportunity. I encourage everyone at the Mount to consider interning at the Career Center. It is such a great work environment, and just like any other internship, it was such a great learning experience!

I hope everyone had a great semester, and good luck on your finals! Have a nice and relaxing break, and I'll see you next semester!


I am sure we've all heard that internships often lead to entry-level jobs, which is why it is usually the juniors and seniors in college who are striving for internships. There is so much competition for internships, and it can be difficult to achieve an internship, especially if you're a freshman.


But that is exactly what sophomore Eric Flockhart did at the end of his freshman year. As a communications major here at the Mount, Eric was an intern writer for ScoreGolf Magazine, which is one of Canada's largest golf publications. He knew of the magazine from his personal reading and his involvement in the golf world.


So how did Eric get this internship? During winter break, he brought his resume and writing samples to the office for ScoreGolf and asked to see the editor. Even though the editor was not available, a staff member agreed to pass on his paperwork. A few days later, Eric received a phone call from the editor to set up a phone interview. After their second conversation, Eric was offered an internship at ScoreGolf, where he was responsible for researching and writing stories in hopes of increasing their online presence through their web site.


Even as a freshman, Eric was excited to join the journalistic world as soon as he could. Hoping this internship would enable him to learn whether or not he was truly interested in journalism, Eric definitely found his answer: "The most beneficial thing throughout this experience was that it solidified my passion for journalism and helped me understand the basis of what I want to do as I grow older." Eric was even interviewed by U.S. News and World Report about his internship experience as a freshman.


One might be curious if the editors at ScoreGolf were concerned that Eric was only a freshman. But if anything, they admired his initiative and his writing abilities. Eric had previous experience writing for his high school newspaper, and the editor at ScoreGolf was able to guide him through the writing process at his internship. An important thing to remember about internships is that they are learning experiences. Mentors never assume that interns immediately have all the answers as soon as they begin their internship.


Even though it can be intimidating, Eric definitely supports the idea of seeking an internship any time throughout college - the earlier the better. Internships give students the opportunity to discover what they like and dislike about a particular field in which they are interested.


Looking to the future, Eric hopes to complete his education with a Master's degree and venture into the journalistic world in some form. He will always love and be thankful for having the opportunity to write. To view the U.S. News article featuring Eric Flockhart, please visit: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2013/09/26/land-an-internship-after-freshman-year-of-college


The Career Center congratulates Eric Flockhart on his accomplishments and encourages all students to take initiative in applying for internships.

 
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