Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the August 15, 2005 issue of QuintZine.
A growing breed of undergraduates on college campuses is the independent or “nontraditional” student, reports Boston.com.
Public and private universities, many of which did little for these students in the past, are scrambling to accommodate them because their numbers have become far too large to ignore. Broadly defined as financially independent, working adults, nontraditional students age 25 and up now make up 38 percent of postsecondary enrollment, compared with 28 percent in 1970, according to US Department of Education estimates. On many campuses, they have become the majority. Only about a quarter of the nation’s 14.9 million undergraduates fit the “traditional” mold of enrolling right out of high school, attending full time, and relying on their parents’ purse strings.
With the increasingly competitive job market, students are searching for every edge to land that first job. Internship experience can provide that edge. “Students should think of internships as an investment in their career future,” said Brian Krueger, president of CollegeGrad.com. “Not only can internships provide students with recognized work experience in their field, but a successful internship can be the ticket to locking down a job offer early in the final year of college.”
The results of this survey show that entry-level job-seekers are willing to make that investment. Students may find it unnerving to put financial ease on hold. But successfully completing internships while working hard to make ends meet (picking up a second job if needed) can pay large dividends in the future.
Many employers are looking for some type of real-world experience among their college recruits. “Internships can be the single best differentiator in achieving job-search success,” Krueger says. “If you were a good employee, the opportunity often exists to work for the company you interned with.”
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