Real World Experience

Real World Experience

"Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."
- T.S. Eliot -

One of the recurring themes in entry level job search is the lack of experience factor. "Where do I get experience if no one is willing to hire me?" Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines? Possibly for some, but there are other alternatives.

While many students focus exclusively on seeking paid work experience as their only alternative, you should be careful not to box yourself into this limited focus. As a hiring manager, I look at any and all experience you may have accumulated to date, whether full-time or part-time, paid or unpaid.

Work experience not only makes you more marketable as a job candidate, it also gives you the opportunity to gain greater understanding about your chosen field. You will have an opportunity to find out many of the positives and negatives in advance, and truly enter your field with your eyes wide open. Or step back early from what could have been a major career mistake.

So as you approach the task of gaining real world experience, do it from a "sponge" perspective--be ready to soak up every bit of information that comes your way. Full-time or part-time. Paid or unpaid. Worker or observer.

Uploaded By : erwin
Last Update : 17/07/2004

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