It’s that time of the school year, when we must think about the thing that no one wants to think about, but have no choice but to focus on. You know what we’re talking about: jobs and internships. Whether you’re a freshman or sophomore trying to find a single internship that will take someone with minimal experience, a junior looking for at least one internship that pays, or a senior trying to find that post-graduation job that will kick-start the career of your dreams, this is a stressful time for most students. If you have found yourself in any of these situations, we are here to share some tips when looking for jobs and to tell you that it does get better.
In order to gain some insight to bring to you on the topic, we talked to some of Orange Umbrella’s very own alumni who are currently killing it at their post-graduation jobs. This is what we found:
Get your resume and work out there:
Mack Bateman, previous OU copywriter and director, told us about how he got his current job at “...Publicis Sapient in Coconut Grove as a freelance writer... through a friend sending my book to a creative director, and that creative director passing it along and so on… a project manager reached out to me about an opening.”
Network, network, network:
You might always be hearing this one, but we cannot stress enough how important it is! Alumni Lex Cabrera and Adam Goffstein both got their current jobs at MullenLowe through people they made connections with. “We got the job by networking - people we know put us in contact with the recruiter which definitely helped get our foot in the door… If you know anyone who knows someone where you want to work, ask to be put in contact,” Goffstein told us.
The process might not be immediate, and that’s okay:
While it might immediately work out for some, it might also take some time for others to find their dream job. Bateman also told us, “I’ve learned that the process is hard and it takes time. Some people will have sick jobs right out the gate, while others might take months. That happened for me and it was really discouraging, despite how happy I was for my friends at the time. But everyone’s running their own race and nobody has to lose for everyone to win.”
Be unapologetic but humble:
Through her experiences as a part of the junior team at MullenLowe, Cabrera expanded on the importance of standing your ground, but still remaining kind and knowing your place. She has learned that, “There is power in your opinion and you shouldn’t be shy or embarrassed to share it. Sometimes you’ll get feedback… that you don’t agree with and as long as you have an educated response and rationale on why you don’t agree, it’s totally okay to disagree and open the floor for a discussion on the topic. Know when to stand strong and when to give in and realize the person’s who is disagreeing point of view.”
Above everything, don’t try to be something you’re not. According to Goffstein, being yourself goes a long way. He told us, “Be yourself and just be kind and curious, and they’ll be more likely to want you to succeed and more likely to give you a position.”
While it’s hard to take away from the stress that internship and job applications bring, we hope these tips have helped you in this process. OU wishes you the best of luck on your journey!