How to Get Experience
Where will your experiential path take you?
Employers are looking for well-rounded candidates with quality experience on their resumes. Quality experience doesn't only refer to full-time work, but also applies to opportunities like the below.
Job shadowing provides the opportunity to observe someone doing a specific job. The experience can be as little as an hour, but is more commonly a day-long activity shadowing one or more employees performing a specific job of interest to you.
A micro-internship is a short-term, usually paid, professional assignment to build and demonstrate skills, similar to those given to interns or new hires. Unlike traditional internships, micro-internships can take place year-round, ranging in the amount of hours, and are completed within a week to a month.
An externship is a less formal training program that is intended to give you a short, real-life preview into your prospective career. Externships offer the opportunity to observe, explore and ask questions.
An internship is a formal work-and-learn program that offers temporary employment with an employer. Internships are most often full-time when conducted during the summer months but can be part-time during an academic semester based on your class schedule and proximity to the work location.
Project-based learning is a classroom approach that involves creating a real product, performance or event, or solving an authentic or simulated real-world problem.
Cooperative education (or co-op) is a formal experiential learning method of education that combines alternating periods of full-time classroom-based education with structured full-time work experience. Co-ops are almost always paid and for academic credit.
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Benefits of Experiential Learning
- Develop and build transferable and marketable skills to put on your resume
- Apply classroom knowledge
- Gain valuable hands-on experience
- Create networking contacts and references
- Determine if it’s the right path for you
- Become “Career Ready!”
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