It’s important to start building work ethic while you’re in school because it allows you to learn new skills, use your strengths, and find new passions. You’ll also get an understanding of a work environment and see which careers are best for you. Here are three ways on how you can gain career experience while in school:
There are many opportunities available to students to volunteer through their school and community (and you don’t need to have a lot of work experience). If you have an idea of what career path you want to take, look into volunteer opportunities specifically for that job. Volunteer positions provide flexible hours, so you don’t have to work about being behind in school.
Check with your school to see what job opportunities are available to students. It’s great working for your school because you don’t have to go to another location, and the faculty understand that your schoolwork comes first, so they schedule your hours around your classes. If all jobs are taken, let them know to contact you if anything becomes available.
Outside of school, there are part-time jobs offered to students that are convenient for their schedule. Especially now, there are many stores hiring so check out job sites to see who’s hiring in your neighborhood.
Internships are a great way to gain work experience in the job field you’re interested in. Finding internships can be difficult, especially when it comes to required experience, hours, and pay. Research internships on job sites, such as Glassdoor, Indeed, or LinkedIn. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people who could help you or message recruiters to show your interest in their company. You never know who might know someone looking for student interns.