In this post I just wanted to share a moment with you in my search for an internship that was a little unexpected. When I received this email, I didn’t quite know what response the potential employer was looking for. By sharing this I hope it will inspire those who are new to job searching to respond to employers with confidence.
At the time I was in my junior year as a Marketing major looking for an internship to further my experience. I really struggled with finding the right internship opportunities. The longer I waited the less options I had if I wanted to stay local. One week I got an email from my school’s career services, and I saw some local companies looking for business interns. I quickly responded to the opportunity with a company of brokers looking to buy, sell, and franchise local businesses. I searched the company for the location’s president and swiftly sent an email introducing myself, where I heard about the opportunity, and that I would love to send them my resume. It did not take long for a response. He was very nice and asked for my resume, but then he sent me an email asking for my thoughts on bringing some of these companies to the local community. Attached was a document with a list of at least 12 different companies, summaries, websites, and investment costs of each. I was flattered he wanted my input at all, but what in the world did he want me to say to him about all of these companies?
I wanted to give him a timely response and sufficiently research everything he just gave me, and I really didn’t want to mess this email up. After looking at everything I gave him a quick intro and talked a little about some of the companies I thought would be most beneficial to the local community and why. I used as many business terms as possible and talked about the possibilities for success and advantages in the local markets. I was honest and open about my thoughts and my lifelong knowledge of the local community. When I was pleased with what I typed, I triple checked it and hit “send”. I was honestly nervous. I had no idea if I sounded like an ignorant college student, or an up and coming business woman.
To close out my story I received a great response to my email. He wanted to promptly set up an informal interview, and I did end up getting the internship soon after. I am so excited for my opportunity, and I am already receiving great benefits. We have been in regular contact and they have given me so many great resources and new contacts to add to my network. I hope this short story can show you some of the importance in having confidence in yourself and being ready to research and learn to better your career. An important tip I can leave with you is that, no matter what stage of the job search process you are in, if you are unsure about how to handle something, the best thing you can do is be confident in the knowledge you have and to be eager to learn something knew from it. Enjoy the rest of your journey!
If you were the kid who didn’t know what they wanted to be when they grew up, you’re at the right place. If you are now an adult who still doesn’t know what they want to do and you’re a junior, senior, or have your diploma in your hand...don’t worry, you’re at the right place.
Everyone has met the person throughout elementary, middle and high school where they knew exactly what they wanted to do in life. And it was extremely specific and it confused and intimated you. Why and HOW do they already know what they want to do?? But you thought “whatever I’ll eventually figure it out in college." Well here we are, in college, STILL without a clue of what we want to do. You have changed your majors, taken random classes and when you go home for Thanksgiving break and your aunt asks you “So do you know what you want to do yet?” You still say no. It’s a stressful experience everyone goes through when they didn’t know that they wanted to be a Biochemical Engineer at the age of 5. But not knowing is your advantage.
A part of growing up is becoming an adult. What an odd statement considering these things are assumed to be the same. Becoming an adult is finding your way in this world, finding your passions, and your place. A person can grow up, but can also die without figuring out those things. So what if you don’t know what your passion is? What if it doesn’t come to you as easily as it came to your peers? As junior year and graduation approaches, not knowing what major or career best suits you can be extremely frightening and diminishing towards your motivation.