(Closed) Need some advice, feeling lost

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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8833 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

cherryiice:  “I just don’t want to devote any more energy to something that I dont know will pay off. If someone said to me, do A B C D and E, even if that took a lot of work, I would have no problem doing it, if I knew 100% I would be easily employable at the end.” — This is true of everyone. In the world probably. Not trying to be flip, but maybe hoping you’ll feel better to know that you’re in the same boat as everyone else who hasn’t found their path yet. We all wish someone could tell us exactly what to do to be happy and make a lot of money, but that isn’t how life works. My advice is do your best and follow your heart, but don’t ignore your head! If something makes sense, go with it. Best wishes to you!

Post # 4
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2878 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

cherryiice: I hate to say this but intern. You have no professional work experience for your field and you need to do what you can to minimize risks on an employers’ part. Getting rejected is part of the process.

I’ve hired and groomed interns for Deloitte, Accenture and Salesforce. The internship pay was laughable but then they’d get $70-85k / year jobs with only internship experiences and an BA or BS from a top 10 public university. 

If you don’t make changes, nothing will change. 

Post # 6
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117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

cherryiice:  I completely second pp on interning. Some Masters internship programs pay pretty decent money, albeit they are hard to find. My department fills 90% of our entry level postitions with our past interns, very rarely do we look outside. We also specifically seek out summer interns that are willing to put in a few hours during the school year, too. Younger or immature interns don’t see the benefit and would rather party, while those that are serious about looking for future unemployment “happily” take on the additional workload. I was a summer intern, worked part time throughout my senior year, and was hired shortly after graduation. I’m completeing my MBA now. 

Post # 8
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2878 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

cherryiice: I hired for the semester. I asked interns for their goals and helped them put together plans to accomplish something measurable in 3 months. 

They did the work (12-20 hrs / week for school credit, so unpaid) and I prepped them for the interviews. I still keep in touch with them too. 

They hated me in the process. I was tough, didn’t take excuses and treated them like adults. The poise and ability to handle pressure came through. They are green but independent. 

Look for an opportunity that requires you to be accountable and responsible. 

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