Practically Professional: How to Get Real-World Experience During College

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While attending college it may be challenging to gain real-world experience. Many jobs require experience along with a degree but how to obtain it without doing the actual job may be somewhat of a mystery.

With research and effort, it may be relatively simple to gain experience depending on the career. Science and engineering students are an example of those who may find it more difficult. Luckily there are some great options for those who are dedicated enough to achieving their career goals.

Internships

Internships may be paid or unpaid and provide on-the-job training besides employment. They aid in career exploration, skill development, and job experience. The student must gain experience themselves by making contacts, asking questions and learn by paying close attention. This opportunity provides an emphasis on value rather than monetary gain. For example, a student pursuing a bachelor of science in radiology sciences may be able to get experience by shadowing a radiologist at their local hospital.

The Department of Education provides internship opportunities with various requirements. Doing internet research on internships and asking college professors and potential employers for more information would be a useful guide in gaining these highly coveted and rare positions in the work field.

Volunteering

Not only does doing volunteer work give a person experience in the real world but it looks exceptional to employers on a resume. Students may ask their teachers for advice on where to volunteer or there may be fliers provided on a college bulletin board, for example. Depending on the career, volunteer work varies. For example, if a student desires to work with animals he may volunteer with a shelter or rehabilitation facility.

In order to work in the physics industry, it may be advisable to apply as soon as possible as these positions are often taken quickly. There are also volunteer opportunities online. In order to get experience to become a writer, there are nonprofit websites to submit a resume and writing sample to. Other websites are taking graphic designers who have design software while previous design experience isn't always required.

Besides earning job experience, volunteering is a way to provide meaning to peoples' lives. There exist other paths to gain experience. Obtaining a part-time job is one. Being a tutor would allow someone to work with one individual or tutor a group of students. This shows them what it's like to be a teacher. Interviewing an engineer may give students knowledge of what it's like to be one.

Job shadowing lets a student follow an employee throughout their workday to gain a better understanding of the job. All of these methods are proven ways to get real-world experience while in college. Whichever option they go with, students will have a much better grasp of their field when they choose to get some real experience to supplement their education.

 

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Fionan Murray on Monday, 27 November 2017 10:59

Rohini Roy who has a blog up this week is starting a group on providing resources for business students. I know that theres hundreds if not thousands of students looking for their placements now for next year and maybe we can start highlighting in the group and throughout the site in general.

Rohini Roy who has a blog up this week is starting a group on providing resources for business students. I know that theres hundreds if not thousands of students looking for their placements now for next year and maybe we can start highlighting in the group and throughout the site in general.
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