Become Career Ready through Work Experiences (On and Off-Campus)

Sometimes students need to work full- or part-time while they are going to school and might not have the time to do an internship or co-op. Don’t worry, you are still enhancing the NACE competencies while working either on- or off- campus. Even if this job isn’t in your field or you don’t particularly enjoy the work; work hard and reap the benefits

Examples of how students have developed their competencies during work experiences:

  • Nicole, a Junior majoring in Economics, developed her competencies in critical thinking and communication by securing a summer internship with a corporation that offered both on the job experiences and special training programs for interns in these areas.
  • Will built his communication and equity & inclusion competencies by working a retail job where he interacted with a diverse group of coworkers and customers.
  • Amira, a Sophomore Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) major, grew her critical thinking competency by taking a part-time bank teller position. While this was outside of her “comfort zone”, she knew the experience would accelerate her growth.
  • Alice expanded their communication and equity & inclusion competencies by requesting involvement within these areas as part of their full-time position as a supply chain assistant manager. Alice’s hiring manager developed a 6-month rotation in the human resources department to build their experience in diversity and gain a better understanding about the career management process.

Feel free to schedule a meeting with a Career Coach in the Center for Career Development or talk to another trusted faculty or staff member on campus; maybe someone you’ve already connected with around career. The entire campus community is committed to your success-all you need to do is ask!