Drafting Your Personal Statement: Crafting A Vision Of Your Future

by mark kaloko, senior career coach at temple university career center

In my profession, I speak a lot with students about writing their personal statements. Students tend to have great uncertainty about writing these documents, and this is warranted: I mean it’s not every day that you are asked to explain your future career goals in two pages or less. Typically, there are four main points that I encourage students toward to help them frame their personal statements. Below, I share my magic formula.

  1. Lead off with a strong introduction. Most personal statements start off with some explanation of how you became interested in the field of study. This could be a compelling story or just a broad overview of events. The main point here is that you want to give the reader some idea of what sparked your interest in the field. Motivation and passion are important factors in pursuing a graduate degree. You need desire to complete your coursework, ace your final exams, and conduct meaningful research. Give your reader an idea of how you became interested in your chosen discipline.
  2. Provide evidence of experience and growth. Once you have given a killer introduction, you need to provide evidence of how you have pursued your craft with excellence. Admissions counselors will be interested in experiences that have helped to clarify your interest in the field. They will be curious about academic successes in courses closely related to your discipline. Share internship experiences that you have had, courses where you have done well, and volunteer causes that you have supported. Make a case for your relevant experience.
  3. Highlight qualities of the program and faculty. Now that you have explained a little about you, it’s time to showcase what you value about the program. Make sure you research the school and program. In your statement, talk about the courses and opportunities that this program uniquely offers. Mention faculty members that you will study under and what you admire about their research. Showing alignment with the program and instructors is key to appearing outstanding in your application. Programs are looking for people who are a good fit.
  4. Cast a vision of your future. Lastly, you need to give the program some idea of your career goals. These ideas do not need to be “set in stone,” but provide some vision of where you see yourself after the program. Perhaps you see yourself in a certain career or championing a particular cause. Whatever the case, give the admissions committee some idea of what you will become. Schools and faculty pour a lot of time and resources into their graduates, and they want to know there will be a return on their investment. Be sure to show these parties that you have a vision worth supporting.

So, there you have it. Those are my four tips for drafting your personal statement. These tips will work best for applications where you are applying to a specific program, not for centralized admissions processes such as law school or medical school. For these other two admissions processes, you will need to draft a statement that will be seen by multiple schools.

In closing, remember that writing your personal statement is casting a vision of “who you are” and “where you are going” as a professional. I hope these tips and strategies will help you to shine on your next personal statement. Your future in graduate school awaits. Best of luck!

Temple Launches University-Wide Subscription To Jobscan

PHILADELPHIA, PA, April 19, 2018 – This spring, Temple University’s Career Center announced a partnership with Jobscan to allow its students, staff, and alumni to access Jobscan’s premium features. Jobscan is a tool that gives job seekers an instant analysis of how well their resume is tailored for a particular job, and provides suggestions regarding ways the user can improve his or her resume to match a job description. Members of the Temple community can create a Jobscan Premium account simply by using their Temple email address at https://www.jobscan.co.

With free access to a premium account, Temple students, staff, and alumni can perform an unlimited number of resume optimization scans, as well as gain access to Jobscan’s cover letter and LinkedIn optimization features. “We are excited to partner with Jobscan, as this online resource enables Temple to deliver tailored resume and job application assistance to all our students and alumni who use it,” said Rosalie Shemmer, Senior Director of the Temple University Career Center.

Jobscan, based in Seattle, was created in 2013 by Founder and CEO, James Hu. “The entire team at Jobscan is excited to partner with Temple University to help students gain a competitive edge in their job search. Algorithms and automation are growing parts of employer’s recruiting. Our tools will help students stay ahead of the technological change of job search.”

For access to Jobscan, and all of Temple’s university-wide online professional development resources, students, staff, and alumni should visit: temple.edu/careercenter/resources/online.html.

Alumni Spotlight: Jess deRivera ’14 from Freedom Mortgage

Freedom Mortgage recruits Temple students each and every year. What’s more, Freedom Mortgage is an active participant in Temple’s On-Campus Recruiting program and is currently recruiting students for entry-level positions! Temple alum Jess deRivera participated in Freedom’s First Flyer program, and credits her interactions with Temple professors with preparing her for the real world…

Apply: Freedom Mortgage’s Career Development Rotational Training Program

What year did you graduate from Temple and what was your major?

I graduated from Temple in May 2014 with a degree in Sociology.

What is your current job, and what does it entail?

I’m a loan officer at Freedom Mortgage. My day is primarily spent on the phone with clients, assessing their financial situation and advising them on how to improve it.

What career path led you to where you are now?

I applied to Freedom one year after graduation through a program called First Flyers. The First Flyer program was designed to give recent college grads a fundamental education through a year-long experience in different positions at the company. The program also focuses on networking and coaching to give participants the chance to meet people from other departments, and figure out which position would be the best fit. It was especially good for me because Freedom is my first “real” job, so I liked that the program gave me both structure and flexibility in my career.

What part of your experience at Temple best prepared you for the real world?

I took a class with Dr. Tricia Jones at Temple regarding interpersonal communication that shaped my outlook on how to constructively communicate with others. I believe that one of the most valuable parts of college is learning how to interact and communicate with people in a way that achieves a common goal. No matter what industry or field you enter, you need to know how to hear others, and how to make yourself heard.

Given what you know now, what pieces of advice do you have for Temple students?

Talk to your professors! Being at Temple, you have access to very intelligent and interesting people whose job function is to teach you. Take advantage of the time you have with them, ask questions about how they got to where they are, and what advice they have for you to accomplish your goals.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Build your network in college! People are the common denominator of any profession. The more connected you are to the people who work in your field, the more opportunities you will open for yourself down the road.

 

Student Organizations Helped This Owl Launch Her Career!

The Career Center recently connected with Mechanical Engineering junior, Renee Eastburn, about her past internship at General Motors in Detroit, Michigan. Read on to learn more about the unique way that Renee landed her internship. Sometimes your personal network can get you farther than you might think…

 

What semester did you do this internship?

Summer 2017

What company did you intern with and what is your position?

Company: General Motors (Global Propulsion Systems- Pontiac, Michigan)

Position: Electric Motor Manufacturing Engineering Intern

What is/was your job function, and what does a typical day entail?

I worked on process, cost and quality improvement in electric motor wire forming processes for the Motor Manufacturing Validation Center in Pontiac, Michigan. This required me to design and build a bench-top rig used to test and collect data to compare different end-of-arm tooling options. My typical day started at 7:30am and ended around 4:30pm and involved both desk work (using CAD, Excel, Microsoft Powerpoint and Microsoft Project), attending various meetings, visiting supplier locations, as well as working on the industrial lab floor where the robots were located. At the end of of my internship I had to present my project findings to higher-level executives in my division. One of the best parts about this internship was that I was treated like a full-time engineer rather than “just an intern”, so my typical day was very similar to the typical days of a full-time employees.

General Motors has a really great internship program, which did include some perks. There were often events held during the week that intern coordinators and project supervisors strongly encouraged interns to attend, like the Detroit Grand Prix, Tigers baseball games, intern poster symposiums, volunteering events through Habitat for Humanity, and even the North American Quarterly Earnings Report held in downtown Detroit where I got to meet GM’s CEO, Mary Barra.

Renee standing outside of General Motors headquarters in Detroit, MI

How did you find out about this opportunity, and what was the interview process like?

I found out about this opportunity through the 2016 Society of Women Engineers National Conference (WE16) which took place in October of 2016 in Philadelphia, PA. There were countless workshops, speakers, networking opportunities, and the largest career fair of its kind, with over 300 exhibitors. While at the career fair, I spoke with a recruiter from General Motors. The following week I got an email requesting an interview. The interview process was pretty straight-forward, with one behavioral-based interview. I received a call in January 2017 with a verbal offer, so the entire process took about three months.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned during your internship/job experience?

One of the most important things I learned during my internship/job experience was to have more confidence in myself and my abilities. Given the highly technical nature of my project, I was a bit intimidated at first. However, after a month or two, I really started thriving in and enjoying this environment. It has become clearer that the courses I have taken in Temple’s College of Engineering are preparing me up for success.

Renee and other interns at the Detroit Grand Prix, next to a Chevy Bolt EV

What piece of advice would you give to current students embarking on an internship/job search?

Without networking, I would have never landed this internship. The main piece of advice I would give to current students embarking on an internship/job search is to get involved in organizations that foster professional development and to take up as many networking opportunities as possible. While online applications are sometimes successful, meeting and connecting with someone face-to-face is invaluable for the recruitment process. If I had not been involved in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) or attended WE16, I doubt that I would be where I am today!

Did the career center assist you in any way, whether it was identifying the opportunity, applying to it, interviewing for it, or preparing for it?

SWE has done collaborations with the career center, like Resume Reviews and workshops on professional dress for women, which I attended leading up to the conference. Additionally, I visited the career center for career coaching and interview tips previously. The career center is a great resource!

Check Out LinkedIn’s New Jobs Browsing Experience…

Have you spent hours, days, or even weeks scrolling through hundreds of job listings trying to identify the “perfect job title” that fits your interests? You’re not alone. One of the biggest challenges job seekers have is knowing what types of jobs to search for in their job search, or even which jobs exist.

LinkedIn heard you and as a result launched new job pages designed with the job seeker in mind. Now, job seekers and students unfamiliar with the professional landscape can browse job titles within various job functions (e.g. sales jobs, human resources jobs, or marketing jobs ). LinkedIn surfaces popular job titles and listings, as well as top cities and companies for a particular job.

As you browse job functions be sure to check out salaries as these can vary between job titles. Easily navigate to the salary explorer, Jobs home page to search for job listings, and take a look at companies you’re interested in to make informed decisions about your career.

One decision you might be considering is whether or not you want to be your own boss. Nearly 34% of the workforce is made up of freelance workers and half say they would never go back to a traditional work environment. Explore all the remote possibilities as a freelancer.

Finding your first job out of college has never been easier!

How One Owl Navigated her Interview to Land an Internship

 The Career Center caught up with junior Adult and Organizational Development major Shayne Carson this past week to learn more about how she landed her internship with Target. Shayne first heard about the internship opportunity at the Fall University-Wide Job and Internship Fair. Read on to learn more about how she landed her internship.

Shayne found her internship at the last Job and Internship Fair. She recommends checking out the job fairs this week too!

 

What is your major and year?

Adult and Organizational Development, Junior graduating May 2019

What will be your internship experience for Summer 2018?

Store Executive Team Leader (Assistant Manager) Internship at Target Corporation. It’s a paid 10 week rotation during the summer to provide a realistic full-time job preview and leadership development by providing the opportunity to learn the business, core roles of an ETL. The first 5 weeks is training through shadowing other Executive Team Leaders, and the next 5 weeks I will be responsible as the store’s “Lead on Duty” and run operations of the store.

How did you learn about the internship at Target?

I attended Temple’s Job and Internship Fair in October 2017 where I met a Store Team Leader (General Manager) and learned more about the role of the internship.

From the time you submitted your application, how long was it until you were called for an interview and informed that you were hired?

I had left my resume with the recruiters from Target at the internship fair in early October. By mid-November I received an email inviting me to officially apply for the position, and had my first interview in the beginning of December. I had three rounds of interviews that took place between December and first week of January.  I was informed I was hired the second week of January.

Tell us more about the interview, how was it formatted?

I had an initial phone screening, two phone interviews, and one FaceTime interview.

All of my interview rounds consisted of behavioral-based questions, where they were looking for me to describe the situation, then the behavior or action I took within the situation, and finally, the outcome. It consisted of questions such as, “Tell me about a time you recognized a process that wasn’t working, and what did you do to change it?” The questions they ask are trying to pull out situations where you show your leadership ability. Even if you don’t have an extensive work history, you can pull from classwork situations.

Did anything happen in your interview that you didn’t expect?

I was surprised at how short my interviews were. None of the conversations lasted more than a half hour. My last interview, which was my first ever FaceTime interview, lasted 14 minutes. Because they were so short, I doubted my performance in the interviews. Target is just very straight forward and to the point in their interviews in order to streamline the process.

 What piece of advice would you give to current students embarking on an internship search?

My first piece of advice would be to start with the Career Center and prepare. Secondly, you don’t have to take the first internship you get an interview for. Before Target, I had an interview with a company that handled the process unprofessionally, and I considered taking it just so I could put the experience on my resume. You need to find an internship that is right for you, because the experience is meant to help you grow professionally and personally.

Did the Career Center assist you in any way, whether it was identifying the opportunity, applying to it, interviewing for it, or preparing for it?

I took full advantage of the Career Center before I attended the Job and Internship Fair in October. I started by making an appointment with Laura Craig, the Associate Director of Career Development. I brought a copy of my resume to be reviewed, as well as talked about how to prepare for the Fair in terms of professionalism, dress code, what employers are looking for, etc. After making improvements on my resume, I then went to a Rapid Resume Review that took place on campus during Career Week. I wanted to be as prepared as possible, and it definitely paid off.

This Temple Senior Used The Career Center To Help Get Into Temple’s Law School…

Temple senior Sarah Kim, majoring in Social Work, knew she wanted a career based on helping people and serving the greater good. She decided that the she wanted to become a lawyer who gives a voice to those who are underrepresented in today’s legal system, and where better to do that than Temple’s Beasley School of Law? Getting into law school, however, is no easy task. Read more about Sarah’s journey, and how the Career Center helped her on her way…

Temple senior Sarah Kim

Career Center: What are your long-term career goals?

Sarah Kim: I’m currently earning my undergraduate degree in social work, and in my field experiences I’ve loved building relationships with clients and acting as their advocate. As a social worker I also get a first-hand look at systemic issues which cause people need to an advocate in the first place. Now that I’m planning to go to law school, I hope to pursue public interest law in order to address these systemic issues while still staying true to my social work values.

CC: What is the most important thing you’ve learned during your graduate school application process?

SK: It might sound cheesy, but being true to myself was crucial. Because applying to graduate programs is extremely competitive, I received a lot of advice about building up my application to stand out. For example, I was told that I should ask people with the most prestigious degrees or job titles to write my letters of recommendation. However, some of my closer mentors were lower down in the chain of command but knew me better. I ended up asking the people who had stronger relationships with me to write letters on my behalf because I knew they would better reflect who I am as a student and as a person, even though their title may not be as impressive on paper. It was essential to me that each component of my application truly reflect who I am, so whether it was choosing the topic of my personal statement, selecting who to ask for a recommendation, or even deciding which schools to apply to, making choices with that in mind was important.

CC: What piece of advice would you give to current students deciding if they should go to graduate school, and where?

SK: For me, getting work experience in the field I was considering helped me determine it was the right path. When I was considering getting my graduate degree in social work, I took a few positions that I enjoyed but did not necessarily feel like what I wanted to do long term. Then I started an internship which combines law and social work, and realized I wanted to work at the intersection of these two fields. Talking it over with mentors and people who work in public interest helped me figure out that going to law school would be the best fit for my goals, and then actually visiting programs helped me figure out which school was the best fit for me.

CC: Did the career center or career services at Temple assist you in any way, whether it was identifying the opportunity, applying to it, interviewing for it, or preparing for it?

SK: First, I went to a Personal Statement Workshop organized by the Career Center to help figure out what a personal statement even was. Then, I took my resume to a Career Coach to get some feedback. After making some revisions from the feedback, I made another appointment to review my revised resume and the first draft of my personal statement. At that appointment, I was connected to some pre-law advisors who could review my personal statement. The career coach, Mark Kaloko, even called my top choice law school for me to ask them some questions I had about the application process. I had all the help I needed, and more!

CC: Anything else you’d like to mention?

SK: I’m just super grateful that I had access to incredible help from the Career Center, and I hope other students will take advantage of these opportunities!

Publicis Health Loves Hiring Temple Interns…Maybe You Can Be Next!

Last summer, Career Center staff met with thirteen talented Temple Owls interning at Publicis Health. Publicis Health is a healthcare communications agency that provides solutions in advertising, medical education, marketing, and scientific affairs. They have 12 agency brands in more than 60 offices located in 10 countries. They also have a robust internship program seeking all majors, and they sure do love hiring Temple Students! Their 40 hour/week paid internship program lasts 9 weeks and offers internships in:

  • Marketing/Account Management
  • Project Management
  • Design
  • User Experience
  • Copywriting
  • Technology
  • Medical Writing
  • Strategy and Account Planning
  • Social Strategy
  • Finance
  • Human Resources and Recruiting

If you are interested in learning more, Publicis Health will be hosting a Facebook live Q&A event on March 1st from 3-4pm to answer questions about our internship program and give best practices for landing and excelling in an internship. If want to apply for their internship program make sure to check out their posting in the OwlNetwork before their March 16th deadline!

(Temple alumni from Publicis Health showing some school spirit along with the 13 Temple student summer interns)

While visiting the Publicis Health office, located in the heart of Center City, we caught up with Klein College of Media and Communications graduate, Miranda Krause. Miranda spent the summer as a SEO Content Strategy intern, and was offered a full-time position at Publicis after graduating in December! Read on to learn more about Miranda’s experience…

What is your major and date of graduation?

Advertising (Minor in Public Health) – December 2017

During which semester did your internship take place?

Summer 2017

What is/was your job function and what does a typical day entail?

            SEO Content Strategy intern. A typical day is back-to-back meetings and working on projects across various consumer and pharma wellness brands.

How does your internship relate to your coursework at Temple?

            Time management between multiple, high-priority projects. I feel like Temple’s advertising department is intense and rigorous – there are so many advanced digital classes to take advantage of like Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Digital Analytics, and Reporting.

(Miranda Krause, Lew Klein School of Media and Communications, 2017 Graduate)

How did you find out about this opportunity, and what was the interview process like?

            I heard about Publicis Healthcare Communications Group from chatting with Mark and Callie at an event held at Temple called Queers Making Careers. We mainly talked about what it means to be out in the workplace, which was something I was afraid to embrace or even bring up. They began saying that there is a group I could get involved in here called Egalité, which is for the LGBTQ+ community and allies to come together to form a voice in the queer community. We talk about events such as raising money and forming a team for the AIDS Walk, as well as waling in the Pride Parade for Pride Month!

That is the most important thing you have learned during your internship/job experience?

            I’ve learned that I should never sell myself short in any way and that there is no judgement when it comes to checking your work with someone who has been in your shoes!

What piece of advice would you give to current students embarking on an internship/job search?

Never be afraid to ask for help – an internship is provided by a company to help someone learn and grow in that field in which they are interested.

Did the career center assist you in any way, whether it was identifying the opportunity, applying to it, interviewing for it, or preparing for it?

            They did! I noticed the opportunity for the internship when I attended the Queers Making Careers event.

Have you learned any valuable lessons about obtaining jobs/internships during your time at Temple?

            Grades do not factor into how well you can apply yourself at an opportunity. Having passion and drive will make you the most confident you can be – you have co-workers for a reason. Use your resources!!

 

LinkedIn 101: Using LinkedIn to Land Your Dream Job

LinkedIn is helping soon-to-be grads from around the country tap into their professional community—whether they realize they have one already or not.

Trying to land your dream career out of the gate is a tall order. But here’s the good news: There are roughly 11 million job openings per month in America at any given time. Sure, you don’t want all those jobs, but you want some of them—and some of them want you!

LinkedIn connects qualified candidates with companies and organizations that crave top talent. With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to snagging a seat at the professional table before graduation.

Why LinkedIn?

  • 80% of LinkedIn members consider professional networking to be important to new job and internship opportunities and career success, according to LinkedIn research.
  • 70% of people were hired at a company where they had a connection
  • More than 20 million professionals including recruiters, hiring managers and decision makers use LinkedIn every week

With 530+ million professionals in the LinkedIn community, there is no other place where you can access such a wide range of knowledge, skills and resources to help you reach your goals.

Let LinkedIn do the work for you

Searching for a job can seem like a daunting task. More than a quarter of professionals say they have no time to search for new opportunities.

But worry not, with search alerts you can get notifications and updates to a saved search via email or shared with you on LinkedIn. Use advanced search filters to narrow down opportunities by industry, location, experience level and more. Once your filtered search is set, simply create the alert.

Let recruiters know you’re open to new opportunities by simply flipping a switch on your LinkedIn profile. It’s called Open Candidates, and yes, it’s that easy. Open Candidates is accessible from the “Preferences” tab on the LinkedIn Jobs home page.

By flipping the switch, you privately signal to recruiters that you’re interested in new opportunities. Don’t forget to update your career interests. This helps you appear in the search results that recruiters are regularly scouring. Additionally, this helps inform the daily job recommendations LinkedIn sends you and surfaces on the jobs homepage.

Discover your earning potential

LinkedIn tapped into its network of more than 530 million members to give you deep salary insights into the compensation landscape. You can also dig deeper into compensation insights about specific companies you’re interested in so when the time comes to talk money, you’re ready.

This tool includes salary, bonus, and equity data for specific job titles, and the different factors that impact pay such as years of experience, industry, company size, location, and education level

Connect with alumni

One of the easiest ways for students and alumni to make connections is through the LinkedIn Alumni tool. It’s an easy way to explore people who graduated from your same school, where they work now and in what cities. Simply search for your school and select “see alumni” to get started. You can access career paths for more than 23,000 colleges and universities worldwide.

Seek career advice from others

  • More than 80% of professionals on LinkedIn have stated they either want to have a mentor or be one to others
  • More than half don’t know where to begin and more than one-third have a hard time finding the right person

LinkedIn launched Career Advice, a new feature that helps connect members across the LinkedIn network with one another for lightweight mentorship opportunities. Whether you need advice on your career path, switching to a new industry or best practices for a project you’re working on, Career Advice can help you find and connect with the right person who can help.

Learn the skills needed for your next gig

  • One-third of job-seekers have expressed concern that they don’t have the necessary skills to be competitive in the job market

With LinkedIn Learning, you can now access a gigantic database of online courses on topics from coding and graphic design to public speaking. And here’s the best part: each course is typically sliced up into very manageable 5-10 minute learning chunks. Learning a new skill over the course of a week quickly becomes very achievable.

What now? — Get started

Create or update your LinkedIn profile today. This provides other LinkedIn members with a better understanding of the unique skills, interests, and experience that make you — you.

  • Make sure you have a profile photo – it will help get you recognized and connect to potential opportunities. Members with a profile photo receive up to 21x more profile views and 9x more connection requests.
  • Members with current positions are discovered up to 16x more in recruiter searches
  • Members with more than 5 skills are 27x more likely to be discovered in searches by recruiters
  • Including the city where you are based makes you stand out up to 23x in searches

Bonus: Check out Resume Assistant, a new integration from Microsoft and LinkedIn to help you craft a compelling resume directly within Microsoft Word.

How This Alum Leveraged Internships to Launch His Career

We recently caught up with a 2015, School of Tourism Hospitality & Management (STHM) alumni, Jordan Goldberg. His current employer, Parker-Dewey offers interesting internship/gig opportunities to help students gain experience in the field they are pursuing.  Read more below for some helpful tips and learn how he was able to leverage his internships to start his career.

What were some valuable resources you used while you were at Temple that helped you find internships, and ultimately land a job after graduation?

While I was still a student I heavily relied on my school’s (STHM) Center for Student Professional Development to find internships and experiential learning opportunities. STHM’s job database was consistently updated with new and exciting internships in sports and hospitality, and they always notified us about opportunities to gain Industry Hours (we were required to completed 250 hours-worth of experiential learning.)

I also had a great relationship with the Assistant Director, Brandon Mayer, and he was able to connect me with the Director of Integrated Marketing at CBS Radio my junior year. After interviewing with CBS Radio, I was offered an internship with their Non-Traditional Revenue department helping sell and activate sponsorships for various Philadelphia events such as the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, the Broad Street Run, and the Stotesbury Cup Regatta to name a few. Since STHM requires students to complete an internship junior and senior year, CBS Radio extended an opportunity for me to return for my full-time senior internship in the same department.

What experiences did you find most valuable for your own career?

After graduating from Temple, I had no idea what I wanted to do and was still searching for opportunities when I came across an interesting company called Parker Dewey. It connects students and recent graduates with companies to complete short-term, paid projects, or what they called “Micro-Internships.” After completing eight projects through the platform, I had a number of interviews with companies, including one with Parker Dewey itself. Because of these experiences, I was able to provide examples of my skills and ultimately decided to take the position with Parker Dewey. I think that the variety of projects helped me understand my interests and take a role which I was excited about. In fact, I think this excitement is what helped me get promoted to the Director of Client Success in under a year.

Since transitioning from internships and school to a full-time position, what is the most valuable thing you learned?

During my college-to-career transition, I think the most valuable thing I learned was the importance of grit. This soft-skill cannot be taught in the classroom, but rather has to be developed over a period of time. Grit is one of the most sought-after attributes recruiters look for in potential hires today because it shows someone’s willingness to persevere in the face of adversity and speaks volumes about their character.

What advice do you have for current students that are about to make their career path?

Start looking for internship opportunities as early as possible. Do not wait until your senior year to start thinking about this because, by that time, you are miles behind those that started early and have already completed one or two internships. A great thing about my current company, Parker Dewey, is that the micro-internships we provide are available to students of all grade levels and can even be completed while you are taking classes or working.