For college students, informational interviews are vital. Before you send 100s of email applications into the void spring semester senior year, make sure you develop a few key professional connections outside your internship supervisors. Get some one on one time with professionals you admire by requesting a conversation over the phone or over coffee. Unlike a job interview, informational interviews allow for more of a dialogue.
Our founder, Kevin O’Connell was interviewed by a George Washington University first year student in March of 2017. In this interview podcast, Kevin offers advice to college students about choosing careers and how your involvement on campus may align more to your career choice than your major.They also discuss how Kevin started working for himself, and how he found his passion.
On February 21st 2018, our founder Kevin O’ Connell delivered a keynote for Rhode Island College as part of their inaugural Majors Week programming on how students can take control of their story and not be defined solely by their major.
In this 35-minute keynote, Kevin opens up with a personal story he has never shared in public.
Listen to Kevin's audio recording in our post.
In my 10+ years of working with, advising, and interviewing college students, the number one area where students can stand out and sound more professional upon their age and experience is being prepared to answer one of the most common questions. Though often overlooked and rarely prepared for, “Do you have any questions?” will be asked 9 times out of 10.
I have been on both sides of an interview, and throughout my time in the “real world” I have learned and confirmed that having a list of prepared questions will set you apart, especially if you are interviewing for an internship or entry level job.
Does it feel like all of your friends have jobs and you’re going on interview after interview but nothing seems to line up? Getting frustrated, jealous and worried nothing will pan out before you graduate? We get it - we’ve all been there! Going through the job search process is not easy. It can be a stressful time but don’t give up, think outside the box and know what you stand for. You are not in this alone and reach out to the free resources that your campus offers and get more involved in your community. Small changes can make a big difference and can lead to your first full time position.