I've been speaking with my Intern Queen Ambassador Alumni - who are now employed at some of the nation's leading companies all over the US. I've been asking them about their experiences in the real world. I wanted to share some thoughts from a former intern and Intern Queen Ambassador (from Towson), Alicia Valko, who now works at Jack Morton.
1. Don't be afraid to reach out to people and set up informational interviews. Alicia says these helped her grow her professional network. They helped her get her foot in the door for opportunities down the road.
I came across this great article on the Harvard Business Review that I had to share -- especially with my recent grads. In it, some of the HBR writers answer the question, "What do graduates really need to know about the world of work?" Their advice is invaluable for those nearing graduation as well as for all of you who are navigating post-college life.
You've been doing a ton of interviewing lately and nothing seems to stick. You are interviewing for fall internships, jobs -- you'll take what you can get. You keep messing up the interview and you don't know why. Here are 8 reasons (compiled from employers) why you didn't get the job or internship.
1. You didn't sound excited or passionate about the brand, the company, the day-to-day or the interview. Overall, you sounded like you could fall asleep at any moment.
They say that our generation is more concerned with work-life balance than any other generation. It's simple -- we care about being happy at work and passionate about our work. Glassdoor.com just put out a great list of the top 25 places to work that promote work-life balance. Happy reading! Check out the list HERE.
I know most of you are finishing up your summer internships. Here are some tips on how to stay in touch with your summer internship coordinator after the internship ends:
1. Find out his or her birthday. Put this on your calendar and remember it every year for the rest of your life! Make sure to put in a personal call or email or send a card on their birthday. Everyone loves when the birthday phone rings!
2. Send them a thank you note after the internship. Hand-written thank you notes, please!
I've been talking with a lot of recently graduated students about budgeting and what financial traps recent grads should watch out for. Here are 5 things that I spent TOO MUCH money on when I had my first real job:
1. Food. You are working several hours and have no time for yourself. Food is never a thought -- you eat at the last minute as soon as you get beyond starving. This adds up!
2. Drinks. You're social, you're networking. Everyone wants to get drinks with you. And if you are in a big city, those drinks add up!
College graduates have high hopes when they’re entering the job market. If you've just graduated from college, you may expect to land a high paying job within the next few months.
However, you’re not the only one with passion, hopes and dreams to make it big. There are MILLIONS of college graduates out there who will have a similar vision -- and will make efforts to get employed.
I get it -- you just graduated and work has taken over your life. We’ve all been there. In fact, that’s what my second book (Welcome to The Real World/Harper Business 2014) is all about.
As I write my second book, I've been conducting interviews with some of my former Intern Queen Campus Ambassadors. I had a great call with my former USF Ambassador, Cat, yesterday (I’m very proud of her). We were talking about the importance of work/life balance and how it’s never easy. Here are a few tips that Cat and I discussed to help you keep your sanity:
Lauren Berger created Intern Queen Inc. in 2009, after successfully completing 15 internships and college and recognizing a need for more internship resources. Her online platform, www.internqueen.com, serves as the home of the business and allows students access to apply for any internship they want free of charge. The site also features daily content on how to make the most of high school, college, and post-grad experiences.