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  • Sue Gordon 10:45 pm on January 28, 2010 Permalink
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    Get An Unpaid Internship Or Wait Tables? 

    Annie from Fortune Magazine weighs in on this timely question… which is more important: to get paid or to get experience?     Read her advice to one student faced with such a dilemma in CNNMoney’s  Ask Annie column.    I especially like her advice to look at the substance of an internship before deciding which way to go.    Of course, Annie doesn’t remember to point out an important alternative:  take the unpaid internship AND wait tables as well…. not always easy or possible, but an important option to consider.

    • Minna Scherlinder Morse 10:08 pm on February 1, 2010 Permalink

      I was recently approached by a Master’s student with a similar question–how important is getting an internship, particularly when a student is facing financial hurdles. This is what I wrote him, for what it’s worth:

      Dear X:

      The goal/s of internships are manifold: to get experience in the field, to broaden your network, and to gauge the kinds of roles and work-atmospheres you like and don’t like in a new career niche.

      As someone who needs to work to pay the rent, you’re going to need to do all those things over time, but you won’t likely be able to do the one-stop shopping of a traditional internship.

      So here are a few ideas:

      If there’s a way to add relevant experience to your job duties, try to do so
      Network strategically with much of the free time you have. I don’t know what stage of career planning or transition you’re in, and that will dictate what makes strategic sense now, but think informational interviewing and even (once you have some connection with someone doing what you’re interested in) shadowing for a day or two as ways to gain familiarity with types of work, workplaces, and as a way to broaden your network.
      Take on whatever small projects you can fit in between the other demands of your schedule. Again, what kinds of projects make sense will depend on what your goals are, but something to think about.
      Is there a way to create a sort-of-internship (i.e. low time commitment per week) with someone doing exactly the kind of work you want to do: i.e., is there anything you can offer in terms of service to a potential mentor in the field, that you can do in your off hours (and only in your off hours), that will help you contribute to a professional project, and gain you access to professionals in the field?
      Just produce. With whatever time you have. Just do it. On your own. Then share the results.

      Point is–internships aren’t the goal. Products that prove your talent, experience in the field, awareness of the realities of the field, and a beefed-up network…. those are the fruits of internships. But there are other trees in the garden. Go, eat.

  • Geoff Silverstein 6:51 pm on January 28, 2010 Permalink
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    Advice for Seniors 

    More advice for seniors on the AU Career Center Facebook.

  • Anna Litman 5:05 pm on January 15, 2010 Permalink
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    DOs and DON’Ts of Job-Seeking when Economy is Doing Not So Great 

    Searching for a job in a good economy takes time, and in a bad one …yes, you’ve guessed it right, takes even more time! How to do a job search right?  These five Dos and two Don’ts will help — only if you follow them, of course!

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  • Sue Gordon 2:59 pm on December 21, 2009 Permalink
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    Still job searching? Don't dismiss temp work! 

    Economists tell us that in any economic recovery, employers use temporary workers before committing to permanent hires.   According to the NY Times, this is even more true in this recovery as temp work continues to grow– up four months in a row.  What is different  in this economy is the increase in temporary workers is lasting longer than in the past, as employers continue to hesitate to commit to a permanent hire.   So, if you are a job seeker who’s avoided temping, don’t dismiss it, and consider the following benefits.

    Temping allows you to:

    • Develop new and enhance existing skills- sometimes in surprising ways
    • Build your resume
    • Be employed while looking for that perfect permanent job- always a plus
    • Broaden your contacts and your network- key to a successful job search
    • Potentially be converted from a temporary to a permanent employee
    • Earn a little spending (or rent) money!
    • Get off the couch and impress prospective employers that you are taking initiative

    Do you have a great story about a temp job that turned into something more?   Share it by commenting here or emailing gordon@american.edu.

  • Geoff Silverstein 5:40 pm on December 3, 2009 Permalink
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    Intern: It's Go Time! 

    Prepare for a High Quality Internship for next semester now. We posted new and improved resources on our website including internship details, intern blogs, and search options for your future internship.

    We also added new features!

    We revamped our internship maps, adding helpful information. Our new High Quality Internship map displays past and current internship locations. Sites with a golden yellow placemark include student success stories, student advice, videos, internship descriptions, and ways to find an internship with that location.

    And now, we’re Tumbling intern advice.The Tumblr features illustrated advice from fellow students. Explore illustrated advice from fellow students.

    You can follow updates with a Tumblr account, subscribe to updates with RSS, or check back to see regular updates.

    If you want to share your own advice or have suggestions for a High Quality Internship, email fblume@american.edu.

    Visit the Career Center Web site
    View the new internship maps
    Explore the intern advice Tumblr

  • Francine Blume 8:57 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink
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    You Could Have Gotten A Job At the SPA Networking Reception 

    Did you go? Were you one of the 150+ students, alumni, and other employers there? Did you know that 8 out of 10 employers were looking for job candidates and 7 out of 10 were looking for internship candidates?! THAT’S 15 OUT OF 10!!! Ok, well, maybe not quite, but the odds were great if you were looking for a position, no matter who you were! Employers were looking for candidates at ALL levels of school and experience.

    AU alumni also had advice to share. Here’s a sample of their words of wisdom . . .


    So if you blew it, fear not. Yes, you missed out on a major opportunity. But there are other ways to network. Check out AU InCircle to connect with AU alumni, make connections through LinkedIn, and check our events calendar for your next chance to meet and greet!

  • John Charles 8:14 pm on November 6, 2009 Permalink
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    International Alumni Networking Event – Thur, Nov. 19 

    ATTENTION: International students and alumni looking for employment— Mark your calendar now for Thursday, November 19 from 4 pm to 6pm (discussion begins at 4 pm and reception begins at 5 pm) in MGC 245. ISSS and the Kogod Center for Career Development are hosting an event to help you with your job search. (More …)

  • Minna Scherlinder Morse 4:05 pm on October 22, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: Advice, , Mentor   

    "Zombieland" Director's Path to Stardom Demonstrates Basic Career Lessons 

    In a recent Washington Post article on “Zombieland” director and Washington native Ruben Fleischer (who has “stunned Hollywood by earning nearly $60 million since the opening” of his directorial debut Oct. 2), there are at least four crucial lessons for all young professionals:

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  • Marie Spaulding 4:54 pm on October 12, 2009 Permalink
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    AU Alumni Will Offer Advice If You Just Ask… 

    Have you ever contacted AU alumni seeking advice?  Start by joining InCircle AU’s online community of close to 100,000 alumni.   Next, search using keywords such as your major or field of study.

    Once you identify alumni, send an email to ask if they will meet with you at their workplace.  Prepare questions to learn about their skills, background, and career path as well as insights they may have on the future of their field.  Build rapport, get your foot in the door, and gain a sense of the workplace atmosphere.

    Be sure to write a thank you note.

    Stay tuned for more on Information Interviews….

  • Minna Scherlinder Morse 7:31 pm on September 25, 2009 Permalink
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    SOC: Freelance/Entrepreneurism Brown Bag 

    Are you a current student or graduate from American University’s School of Communication interested in freelancing or starting your own business, either full-time or “on the side”?

    Then come Thursday, October 1, 12:30-2 p.m. , MGC 200, to learn how SOC alumni and other successful entrepreneurs have created niches through networking, job search strategies, and the use of social networking sites.

    Participants are encouraged to bring food, drinks and questions!

    Confirmed panelists include:

    • Award winning Filmmaker Adrena Ifill, founder of DoubleBack Productions, LLC;
    • AU/SOC Public Comm alum Greg Smith, co-founder of creative marketing/PR firm LoudMouth;
    • Troy Woods, owner/principal photographer, Clark Bailey Photography

    For more information, and to RSVP, click HERE

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