Describe your job search process. What were some challenges you faced or things you learned from the experience?
I started searching for a full time position during my last semester at Florida State. I learned very quickly that have a diploma makes all the difference, but does not always qualify you for every job. I was told there are ample opportunities in the Human Resources field, but the biggest challenge was not having enough experience.
If you used any Career Center services, resources, or events to obtain your job offer, what were they? How did they support your application process?
During my senior year, I took The Career Center’s Introduction to Career Development course where I learned a lot about myself and what career I really want to pursue. I used plenty of the resources at the Career Center, but mainly focused my time at the Career Fairs. Through my attendance at the fairs, I got a better feel of what companies were looking for and gained confidence through my interaction with business professionals.
Have you participated in any experiential learning opportunities (Internships, volunteer experiences, research, leadership roles, military experience, etc.)? How have these prepared you for moving into a full-time role?
During my final year at FSU, I interned at First Baptist Church where I supervised children from the ages of 2 through 10. Throughout my time as intern, I grew my skills in event planning and communication skills. My college opportunities go beyond the realm of academia. Being a member of Lady Spirithunters has allowed me to continue to shape different aspects of business that I grew to know (i.e. recruiting, marketing, development of the organization). I believe that getting involved through internships and student organizations is key to college success. It allows students to be exposed to a variety of people and ideas that shape them into a young professional upon graduation.
What advice do you have for current students that will be launching a full-time professional job search?
Never give up! I cannot stress that enough. Keep searching and keep your options open. Networking is key because you never know when you could encounter someone who could help you later on.
"The Career Center’s Introduction to Career Development course taught me a lot about myself and what career I really wanted to pursue."
Major: Human Resource Management, Class of 2017
Company/Organization: Waffle House