Or crossed something off your to-do list only to realize the deadline wasn’t for another week?
I compare these events to conversations I have with students when they realize their part-time jobs are enhancing their skill sets and preparing them for employment beyond IU.
Often I sit down with students who are interested in creating a resume, but don’t know where to begin. Encouraging them to reflect, I’ll say, “Consider past internships, volunteer opportunities, on-campus involvement, and part-time jobs” — to which many students respond, “but my part-time job has nothing to do with my major” or “that job is just a way to make some extra money, I don’t think it’s worth it to include on my resume.”
Actually, student learning stretches beyond homework exercises and involves discovering what it means to contribute to the workforce.
As a career advisor, it is my job to help students understand the value in these workplace experiences.
Today’s employers want students who can communicate, work on a team, be a leader, problem solve, manage their time, set priorities, take initiative, and think critically. A part-time job also provides an environment to build professionalism and confidence.
To hear more from the student perspective, I talked with senior Allison Hacker, the Career Development Center’s marketing intern. Allison is a journalism major in the Media School, and her minor is public and environment affairs. Her plans after graduation include a PR internship in New York City.
Allison initially took this position to increase her time management skills while she figured out how to balance classes and work. The job has led to more than she imagined, resulting in improved speaking and networking skills, and the opportunity to work on projects related to her career goals that she can speak about in future interviews.
“My part-time job has prepared me in many ways for ‘the real world,’ but most importantly, it has given me a support system,” Allison said. “I have been surrounded by encouraging co-workers who have given me career advice. Having a part-time job during college has been an incredible experience.”
Students seeking more information about summer jobs or advice for how to market past experiences can: