Leveraging LinkedIn Helped this Student Launch Her Career

The Career Center recently connected with recent Klein School of Media and Communications graduate, Hannah Lea McComsey, about her past internship at Good Morning America in New York, NY. Read on to learn more about the unique way that Hannah landed her internship. Sometimes your personal network can get you farther than you might think…

Hannah McComsey

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

I worked for the Field and Series unit of Good Morning America. The Field and Series unit creates all of the pre-produced news packages that will air on Good Morning America in the mornings. My favorite part of this internship is that there was no such thing as a typical day! Some days I was assigned to research stories and people to potentially interview, other days I was actually conducting the interviews that aired on the live show. Each day was something different and I learned how to thrive in that type of environment.


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

After interning for several news stations in Philadelphia, my next goal was to secure a network internship in New York. I applied to many different shows on ABC, NBC, and CBS. After about a month, I got a phone call from the ABC News Internship Recruiter. After I had an initial phone screening with the recruiter, she passed my information along to the Coordinating Producer at Good Morning America. I had an interview with the Coordinating Producer, and a few weeks later, she called and informed me of my acceptance to the internship program at GMA.


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

During my time as an intern for Good Morning America, I learned that saying “yes” to anything you are asked to do is the key to success. Sometimes, a task may seem tedious or boring, but once people at your internship see that you are willing to help in any capacity, they will ask you to do more and more things! I started out by logging interviews for producers. Although this was not the most exciting task, I said yes every time and made sure to do the job as best I could. Then, after a while, the producers started to ask me to go out in the city and do actual interviews to air on GMA. Saying yes and working hard really pays off, I would recommend that to everyone who is starting a new internship.


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

I would tell other students who are looking for internships to apply everywhere and be very persistent! I applied for the internship with Good Morning America two times before actually getting an interview. By being persistent and keeping in touch with the ABC Internship Recruiter, I made sure that she knew I was serious about this position. Then, when the internship for the spring semester came up, she told me I was the first on her list to interview because I kept in touch with her.


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?

Karen Demmler, one of the Career Center coaches, helped me immensely! Karen helped me revamp my LinkedIn profile so that potential employers could see my work and identify exactly what my goals were. LinkedIn notifies me when people look at my profile, and after Karen helped me, I noticed I was getting more views from potential employers.


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

Temple has taught me to not see rejection or failure as a bad thing, but to see rejection as an opportunity to learn and go forward stronger than ever. When I did not get the internship at Good Morning America the first time, I made sure to work on my storytelling skills so that the next time I applied, I would be ready. It paid off!


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10 Owls Spent the Summer in Rewarding Retail Internships

This summer, Career Center staff visited 13 Temple students interning at Burlington Stores. Burlington’s 10-week summer internship program employs students for 40 hours per week, allowing them to accumulate lots of valuable experience.  During our visit, the students explained how they developed their time management, organization, communication and analytical problem-solving skills through the internship experience. Many of the students particularly enjoyed the opportunity to shadow various departments during their experience. The Career Center interviewed senior, Media Studies and Production major, Jordyn Fisher-Robinson while we were there. Read on to learn more about her experience, and keep an eye out for opportunities similar to the Burlington Stores internship program in Handshake

Temple Owls in front of the Burlington Store logo

What department are you working with?

Buying – Ladies Athletic Shoes

What was the interview process like?

The College Recruiters from Burlington were very responsive and great to work with! I had a phone interview, then an in-person interview with 4 people in the office, and I actually work under one of the buyers that interviewed me! The questions were focused on my experience and what I knew about the off-price industry. Coming from a major with no relation to buying was interesting, but I wanted to get my foot in the door of the fashion industry. I learned through this experience that I really love buying as well!

Jordyn Fisher-Robinson – KLEIN 18′

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

I work with an assistant buyer in completing daily tasks such as going over the style report to see what our best sellers were, looking at shipping to know what was appointed for the month, and writing purchase orders for companies like Nike, Adidas, Puma, Fila, U.S. Polo, and Sketchers. I also traveled “in  market” twice a week (Wednesday and Thursday) in New York to meet with said vendors. I made sure my style report was printed and highlighted so I knew which styles were our best and worst sellers for the vendor meetings. Next, we did a lot of comp shopping. A big part of being a buyer is looking at your competition and making sure your prices are better. Burlington prices itself on its value, so we make sure our customer gets the best deal.

How has your internship related to your coursework?

Currently, I do not go to school for buying so everything I learned was completely new. I worked in retail for 3 years at Charming Charlie as a manager so I wanted to get into anything fashion so I could get my foot in the door.

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

Try your best to maintain a work/life balance, this summer I worked three jobs and being in buying can definitely be overwhelming sometimes. But know your priorities and get done what you can! It can definitely be done.

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

Keep trying! I applied to 10 jobs before I got this one. It can be hard and you may shed a few tears but it’s all worth it when you get the job!

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

Networking and connecting with people is so important. I’ve met so many people in important roles, but as long as you stay humble and are yourself everything will work out.




Alumni Spotlight: Damara Donovan at GSK

Temple alum Damara Donovan (Class of 2018) recently began her career at GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. With a large campus located in the Navy Yard, GSK hires many Temple students and alumni of all majors for full-time jobs and internships. Damara shared with us a little more background about how Temple prepared her for life at GSK, why she enjoys working there, and some advice for current Temple students…

When did you graduate?

I graduated May 2018.

What was your Major?

I studied HR and Strategic Communications in Organizational Leadership

Did you have any internship experience prior to graduation?

I knew I wanted to work in the human resources field, so I aimed to find internships in that industry, but was open-minded to other related fields. As a result, I completed three internships prior to graduation. As a sophomore, I interned at The American Red Cross working alongside the senior HR manager. After that internship was completed, I switched gears to work in Strategic Marketing at a local firm in my hometown. I gained even more cross functional skills in marketing that could easily be used in the HR field. The summer before my senior year, I began interning at AmerisourceBergen Corporation in an HR rotational program until I graduated.

What is your current job function at GSK?

I am currently in GSK’s Future Leaders Program (FLP). It is a three-year HR rotational program for recent college graduates that aims to develop early talent to become successful business leaders within GSK.  I am currently on my first rotation and I help support GSK’s Global HR Functions.

What does a typical day entail?

GSK is a global company, so I find myself working with people from around the world! As soon as I started at GSK I was placed in challenging multifaceted HR projects. A typical day may entail collaborative meetings with colleagues in the UK or working closely with my team to complete a project. At GSK I am treated as an equal and I am always encouraged to speak up and share my ideas, which allows me to learn more about the business and gain a broader perspective of HR at GSK. Regardless of the task I am working on, I feel fully supported by my colleagues and know that if I have any questions, someone is always willing to answer them!

How did you find out about this opportunity? (Online, referral, through your school/college, etc.)

I was a member of Temple University’s SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) chapter and received an email about a post-graduate HR opportunity at GSK. I was immediately interested and attended the session where I met recruiters and learned more about the business.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned during your job search and interview process? 

Check your email every day! I know most students aren’t checking their university email, but they should. If I hadn’t checked my email that day, I would have missed the reminder about a possible job opportunity with GSK from SHRM and missed out on working at such an amazing company! While you are job searching and applying to jobs, always make sure you are checking both your school and personal email for recruiters reaching out to you. I regularly received emails from various student groups and even my professors about possible jobs. Another piece of advice would be to have a good internet presence. Google yourself and determine if what pops up is positive or negative. Most of my internships and work-related endeavors started from a recruiter messaging me on LinkedIn and personally inviting me to apply to a job position.

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

I would advise current students to do three main things: build a solid network, gain experience, and participate in student professional organizations at school. Building a solid network requires more than just adding someone on LinkedIn. It involves setting up meetings with the person you want to connect with and conducting your own interviews to learn about their specific role or gaining industry insight about your chosen profession. If you find it daunting connecting with professionals, your student professional organization can help with that! In SHRM, I was able to attend panel sessions where I met recruiters from various businesses and network with future employers. Professional groups at school also offer opportunities to join competitions and projects within your chosen field and gain experience to build your resume, which allows you to be a competitive candidate when applying to jobs. Gaining experience through interning or student organizations helps you stand out as a candidate and lands you interviews. During the interview process at GSK, I was able to talk about projects I completed from various internships and student groups I was a part of. From there I showcased skills I developed and how it would enable me to be a great fit for the role I was applying for. I truly believe building a solid network, gaining experience, and participating in student professional organizations at school aid students in their job search and help them land jobs!

What do you enjoy most about working at GSK?

I absolutely love GSK’s culture! We have a collaborative environment, emphasized by what we call, a SMART workplace office. All our offices have an open floorplan which encourages greater transparency and teamwork, which enables a new collaborative, responsive and fast-moving culture. I can sit anywhere I like because there are no cubicles and network with anyone in GSK no matter what department they are in, even high-level seniors within the company! The sense of community at GSK is something I’ve never experienced anywhere else and it makes me enjoy coming into work every day!

What can you tell students about GSK that they likely don’t know from checking out the Careers page?

While I was researching GSK before applying to the company, the Careers page showed me that I would be challenged in my field and work with some of the best minds in the industry. That led me to believe that GSK one of the global leaders in the industry, and as a result, I thought it would be a typical corporate office with a strict professional atmosphere. However, working at the company has shown me the complete opposite. Everyone here is so supportive and friendly and dedicated to their work. I quickly formed great relationships with my colleagues, not just in the US but around the world while gaining a better appreciation for HR and the work we do at GSK.

Interning in the Great Outdoors

Temple Student Pamela Jackson, a Geography and Urban Studies major, spent her summer conducting research and surveying social values along the Upper Missouri River Basin. Read more below to learn more about her interesting summer experience!

Jackson explained, “I actually was able to take that picture at Glacier National Park as a part of collecting images of places that residents valued. I traveled to several places that residents mentioned in their surveys to collect images for Arc Collector.”

What organization did you intern with?

University of South Dakota, National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates

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

In a typical day, I would travel to a town in North Dakota, South Dakota or Montana and conduct surveys on what resident’s value about the land and how they use it.

In addition to conducting surveys, I was also collecting data for an individual research project. My research was about The Impact of Agriculture and Development in the Micropolitan Community of Yankton, South Dakota, on which I presented a poster at the epScor Research Symposium in South Dakota in late July.

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

The Geography and Urban Studies Department sent out emails about different REU Programs, then I went to the NSF Website and looked for more programs to apply to. The interview process was great. I interviewed with the Grad student who I worked with since it was her research project. We were able to connect about our passions since we had similar interests.

How has your internship related to your coursework?

My major is Geography and Urban Studies, which includes a variety of topics. However, I was able to learn about different places this summer and how the lifestyles of residents depended on the area that they live in. Many of my courses examine the landscape, how people use their environment, and if they live sustainably. I learned about sustainable living through the Sustainable River REU in South Dakota.

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

I learned that a connection can be made with anyone. By conducting door-to-door surveys I was able to connect with residents and hear their stories. I was able to understand the lifestyle of residents that live in the Midwest, which was interesting since I am from the East Coast. Additionally, I learned that research can be used to examine how residents feel about the opportunities that they currently have and can be used as a platform for the future.

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

Apply for different programs, because you never know what types of experiences you could have if you decide to do things that you never imagined doing before.

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?

The Rapid Resume Reviews allowed me to gain feedback on ways to edit my resume and display experiences that were relevant.

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

Yes. Do not be afraid to deviate from the norm. Seek experiences and travel to places to do work that you are passionate about.

Gain Experience to Own Your Future

With the fall semester well underway, both new and returning students are preparing to own their future.

Every individual will have a unique career path, and no one can predict the road you will take to the future of your dreams.

Designing the ideal path is full of complex questions, there is no one “right answer”.

All you can do as a student is get to know yourself, and build upon your strengths and skills. An employable candidate has a generalizable set of skills, with demonstrated career competencies.

But how does one gain those skills? Here are three tips that can help:

Join Student Organizations

You are not on this journey alone, there are hundreds of student organizations available to you from your first day on campus.

Membership in an organization allows you to both explore your interests and network with like-minded individuals contributing to a common goal. You will have the opportunity to experience leadership, work with a team, and make connections that can last a lifetime.

The sheer number of organizations available can be a little intimidating, there are over 400 listed on Owl Connect. Narrow your search via keywords and categories.

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See how this Temple student used her student organization to launch her career!

Gain Internships

Most people will tell you, “a successful internship placement in college is the best way to find a job after graduation”. There is certainly a lot of truth in that statement. Many companies and organizations hire their interns at a high rate, and of course building experience in your field of interest is important.

Internships are much more than a ticket to employment. With an early start, you’ll have the opportunity to explore and work through several internship opportunities, there is plenty of room to learn more about yourself.

Sometimes it’s worth it to take a chance on an interesting placement, even if it doesn’t align with what you think you “should be doing”. The worst case scenario is you learn more about what you don’t want to do.

If you start early, and keep an open mind to a diversity of opportunities, the possibilities are plentiful.

Check out the Career Center Guide for Internships where you can learn: what they are, where to find them, what to look out for, and how to make the most of your experience.  

Your greatest resource is Handshake, our online portal where over 4,000 job, internship, and fellowship opportunities are posted at any given time.

At the time this was written, there were well over 1,200 internships available to apply to.

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The Career Center’s Employer Partnership Team is approving new jobs and internships every day, so check often for opportunities!

We are also launching the Temple University Internship Program (TUIP), which provides experiential opportunities to work on-campus with Temple staff and faculty.

Attend Career Center Events

The Career Center works diligently with both employers and partners around campus to aid in your professional development through events.

Workshops are held so you can learn important skills for the job search like writing a professional resume and cover letter.

Networking events provide an opportunity to meet with employers to learn more about their field and what they’re looking for in potential candidates.

Career Fairs put your skills in action, come prepared to make an impression on dozens of employers who are actively recruiting Temple students!

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There is no shortage of events on and off campus, be sure to check Handshake early and often.

There are so many experiences available to you that will mold your career path, the only “wrong” choice you can make is inaction. So start exploring, own your future, and enjoy the ride.

22 Temple Owls Landed an Internship at QVC This Summer!”

This Summer I traveled to West Chester, PA to visit 22 Temple students interning at the QVC global headquarters. QVC has a robust internship program with over 90 students and they love hiring Owls! QVC is a part of Qurate Retail Group, which is comprised of eight leading retail brands, and reaches approximately 370 million homes worldwide through 16 television networks and multiple ecommerce sites, social pages, mobile apps, print catalogues and in-store destinations.

I sat down with the QVC internship recruiter, Shannon Geddes, who shared some valuable information about the QVC internship program. Geddes explained, “Through our internship program, students have the ability to make an impact at QVC through the work they complete here. Some key skills they would learn are collaboration, professionalism, and problem solving.”  Geddes also shared, “Temple University offers great programs that align very well with QVC! The university does a fantastic job at preparing their students for the workplace.”

Make sure to keep an eye out for Shannon at the upcoming career fairs this fall, as she recruits students from all majors.

The interns at QVC work in a variety of departments including, E-commerce, Corporate Communications, Digital Content Development, Photography, Lifestyle Production, IT and more! Students I spoke with explained how they appreciate their internship experience and love the QVC work environment.

Three Owls took time out of their schedule to provide their thoughts on their QVC internship experience and share a few tips on making the most of their internship.


(From Left to Right: Ryan Leddy, Anastasia Postolati, and Corey Davidson)

College of Science and Technology student, Corey Davidson, shared, My typical day entails shadowing members across QVC’s security team to learn about different aspects of IT security, as well as working with members of my team to implement changes to security.”.”

(Corey Davidson, CST)

Corey also shared how his internship related to his coursework, “IT Security at QVC requires knowledge of networks, computer hardware, and other aspects of computing. This has given me the opportunity to apply much of the knowledge I have learned in courses at Temple University such as Network Architectures and Operating Systems & Networking. In addition to this, I have been assigned an application development intern project which allows me to apply much of the programming skills I learned at Temple in languages such as Java and Structured Query Language (SQL).”

(Anastasia Postolati, FOX)

Management Information Systems student, Anastasia Postolati, shared information about her interview experience. Anastasia explained, “I found out about the opportunity through the Temple University American Marketing Association which hosts a Career & Internship Reception every year. Serving on the executive board, I was involved in the process of bringing QVC to the event and communicating with Shannon behind the scenes. It was great to put a face to the name when we finally met and spent some time talking!

The interview process wasn’t difficult but I was very nervous as this was my first internship interview. After Shannon and I spoke at the reception we had a phone call soon after. She then asked me to come down to West Chester for an interview! I was truly delighted to visit – the site is beautiful.”

One valuable lesson that Anastasia shared is the importance of getting involved in student organizations. Get involved with student organizations as much as you can! There are so many great organizations at Temple and being a part of them allows you to make connections with people you wouldn’t typically know. I think by getting involved and attending various events, you can learn about what you prefer for your future career. Hearing from, and talking to speakers opens up your eyes to so many opportunities. All of these things also aid you in expanding your professional network and help tremendously when looking for an internship or a job.”

(Ryan Leddy, KLN)

As a Media Studies and Production student, Ryan Leddy, did not think he would be working at QVC. While he thought he would be working for news and media outlets, he is grateful for all that he learned from the other videographers at QVC. “I want to thank all the videographers I have worked with since January for their time, patience, and insight. I have learned an abundance of knowledge that I can take and apply it to my school work and professional projects. The videographers at QVC are the people that I will never forget because they took the time to sit down with me and teach me everything they could about the industry and share personal stories of their time working in the industry.”

While the QVC summer internship recently concluded, we are hopeful that a few Owls will transition to a full-time position after graduation!  You can apply for QVC positions and many similar opportunities using QVC’s career website and Handshake. Whether you are a freshman looking for an on-campus internship or part-time job, or you are a senior beginning your full-time job search for after graduation, Handshake’s unique blend of job and internship postings is sure to contain the opportunity that is just right for you!

Welcome To The Fall Semester!

by rosalie shemmer, senior director of the temple university career center

Welcome Back, Owls!

Everyone at the University Career Center has been anxiously awaiting your return. While you were away this summer, we have been busy transforming the services we offer to help you design your path and find meaningful work.

What’s new?

The Career Center has been remodeled! You will find us in the same location, Mitten Hall, Suite 220, but everything else is new. We cannot wait until you stop by our new Professional Development Corner to have your photo taken for your LinkedIn profile, print your resume, and create your business cards. Beginning in the Fall semester, we will offer 15 minute same-day appointments between the hours of 11:00AM and 3:00PM. Call or stop by to reserve a spot. We continue to offer 30-minute coaching appointments M-F from 8:30AM to 5:00PM. When you come to the Career Center to meet with one of our supportive career coaches, you will notice our new digital monitors highlighting our fall events, intern spotlights, and tips from employers. Relax in our new student lounge where you have access to our computer lab.

We look forward to meeting with you in person, but if you cannot visit us in Mitten Hall, check out our online resources, 24/7.

Temple students love Handshake!

Temple students have access to more than ten online resources. At the top of the list is Handshake. Launched in April 2018, we have fully integrated our events, job & internship opportunities, coaching appointment schedule to the system.

“I tried Handshake for the first time and it was amazing, I set up three interviews within the hour I applied. I will definitely be recommending it to fellow students.”
– Katie Bishop, Junior Economics major

All Temple students and alumni have unlimited access to Handshake. Handshake’s easy-to-use interface highlights your dream internship or job based on your profile and career interests. We currently have over 3,800 jobs and internships posted on Handshake. Log on, fill out your profile, and find out why Katie loves Handshake.

It is never too early to begin designing your path. Stop by to visit us in Mitten Hall to check out our new space and log on to Handshake as the first step in Owning Your Future!

Internship Spotlight: Ally Esposito at the USGA

Temple student Ally Esposito, a rising junior Sport and Recreation Management major, spent her summer as an Operations Intern with the United States Golf Association (USGA). Read below to learn more about her unique experience preparing for the 2018 U.S. Open!

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

Operations Intern

Leading up to the tournament, my intern team and I worked for over a month and a half to get Shinnecock Hills Golf Club ready to host the U.S Open. We had to do anything and everything to make the grounds that much more accommodating for the golfers, including things such as finding a way to make the port-a-potty doors close more quietly, wind screening every fence on the course, and covering 18-wheelers so that no logos faced the golf course. We did a lot of things that you wouldn’t expect in a typical internship. Some weeks we would work up to 125 hours, coming in at 6 or 7 am and leaving at 2 or 3 am. I have a newfound respect for anybody working in operations. I never realized how much went into a U.S. Open. It is quite the production. On Championship Sunday, we were permitted inside the ropes, so when Brooks Koepka won the tournament, we were not far from him. Standing inside the ropes, with tens of thousands of people behind me in the stands watching the world’s best golfers, made everything worth it.

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

USGA HR manager Kamille Ramos, who is a Temple grad, came to my class (Leisure and Tourism for a Diverse Society) with Dr. Blair and she talked about this internship and gave a presentation on it. I applied, had a video interview, a phone interview and then a offer call.

How has your internship related to your course work?

In many of my Sport Management classes we learned about the business side of sports, such as the bottom line, and how to increase profits. During my internship we saw the business side of the USGA through ticket sales, corporate hospitality accommodations, and how the USGA generates profits. I also learned about diversity practices, and the USGA’s specific training and policies for disabled guests. Overall, all of my sport classes prepared me for my internship and I was able to provide input and feedback to my boss.

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

The importance of teamwork. We had to do a lot of quick thinking and brainstorming with our fellow interns who were people we had never met before. We learned what people’s strengths and weaknesses were and how we would use each intern for specific things.

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

Take chances. Sport Management, and Golf in particular, is a very male dominated field. I knew that I would be one of a few females there (3:20 ratio), but if I never took that chance, I would have missed out on a great opportunity. A quote that guided me while looking for internships was, “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” Try something new.

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?

Before I applied for my internship with the USGA, I came to the Career Center and got my resume reviewed!

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

Use your resources! Temple has numerous opportunities to help you with your job search. Make connections with your professors, go to the Career Center, and attend as many job fairs as possible.

O*NET OnLine: Career Exploration and Job Search

by edward gallo, graduate intern at the temple university career center

The Occupational Information Network, or O*NET, is a handy resource for multiple facets of career development. The professionals at O*NET have gathered data on over 1,000 occupations, giving you access to detailed descriptions about what it’s like to work in a variety of fields.

While O*NET has many features students can utilize, it can be especially helpful for career exploration, planning, and the job search process. Learn one way to navigate this valuable resource!

Career Exploration

O*NET has an adaptive search function, simply entering key words or sample job titles will result in a list of relevant careers. Here’s how to explore further:

On the home page, the “Advanced Search” function allows users to sort potential occupations by different criteria. While all of these selections are valuable, “Interests” are more generalizable and simple to conceptualize.

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You will be brought to a page listing six different areas of vocational interest. These are the “Holland Codes”, or the “RIASEC” model. If you have not yet determined your top three vocational interests, use the link provided to access a brief questionnaire hosted by My Next Move.

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After selecting one interest, you’ll be able to plug in the other two in order to generate a list of occupations most suited to your code. You can play with different amounts and combinations of interests to get new options.

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Careers are sorted by “Job Zone”. This is a reference to the amount of preparation needed to enter that field. Here’s how it breaks down:

Job Zone 1 – occupations that need little or no preparation

Job Zone 2 – occupations that need some preparation

Job Zone 3 – occupations that need medium preparation

Job Zone 4 – occupations that need considerable preparation

Job Zone 5 – occupations that need extensive preparation

These lists are a great way to explore and brainstorm career options. Feel free to use the other search criteria like Abilities, Knowledge, or Work Values to draw comparisons. O*NET’s biggest strength is the “Summary Report” for any given occupation.

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At first glance, a summary report will provide a brief description about the nature of that job. “Sample Job Titles” can be useful when it comes to the job search process, as well as for continued exploration.

If you’ve found a promising occupation, make sure to check out the education requirements. The “Knowledge” tab gives students an idea of what competencies they should be cultivating while working towards this career.

You can use the “Find Training” function to look at what majors are usually associated with this field.

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Job Search

If you’re passed the exploration process and ready to apply, or would just like to see examples for potential openings, the “Job Openings” section provides a fantastic job search tool.

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The “Find Jobs” function will prompt you to search by state, or by specific zip code. You’ll end up with the most recent results provided by Career One Stop in your area. Usually the bulk of these listings are from the National Labor Service.

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Under the “Job?” specifier, you’ll see a code. Through O*NET OnLine, you’re able to search all related careers at once, so your results will not be limited by specific key words in a job title. Cross-referenced with other popular job boards, these results are comprehensive.

Results can be further filtered by distance, city, company, and date posted. You’ll be redirected to active job postings where you can apply directly.

Prepping Application Materials

When it comes to writing a resume and cover letter for any position, you should be tailoring those materials to each specific position. This means identifying the tasks, skills and competencies described in the posting.

O*NET Summary Reports give great examples in terms of action verbs, tasks, knowledge, and skills.

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When drafting descriptions in your experience section, you can use these examples as a model.


O*NET OnLine is just one of many resources utilized by Temple’s Career Center. Connect with us on for more articles, tips, and to learn about upcoming events! Use Handshake to make an appointment today!


GlaxoSmithKline Helped Him Transfer His Technical Skills to the Real World

Rising senior biochemistry major, Anthony Alcancia, spoke with us about his internship experience at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) last summer and fall. Learn more about how this College of Science and Technology student was able to apply the skills he learned in the classroom at a Fortune 500 company…

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

GlaxoSmithKline – I was a Topical Product Development Analyst in the Dermatology Department

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

I worked alongside researchers and analytical chemists in the analytical lab of the Dermatology Department. A typical day entails performing analytical tests in the lab, writing/submitting experiment reports, and attending/presenting at department meetings. The work focused on the physical analysis of creams, gels, and ointments in the early stage of product development. In addition to aiding investigators in performing experiments, I also conducted independent research on solubility studies and shelf-life method development. I presented my research at the GSK Dermatology Symposium and the GSK Science Sharing Day. I worked full-time during the summer and part-time during the fall semester.

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

I discovered the opportunity by searching online for summer internships near my area. I applied through the company’s career website by submitting the job application, resume, and cover letter online. A few weeks after applying online, I was contacted by HR to set up a phone interview with the hiring manager. The phone interview with the hiring manager was about an hour long. She asked about past experiences, background, and walked through my resume. A week later, I was asked to come to the site for an-in-person interview. It was about three and half hours consisting of a tour of the lab, a lunch with employees, and a sit-down interview with the manager and employees. I was asked about my academic background, previous research, college involvement, a behavioral questioning segment, and technical knowledge questions.

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

In the pharmaceutical industry specifically, your technical understanding and skills are very important. Most of the concepts and procedures you learn in your science courses are applied in the lab and expanded on to great lengths. Employers expect you to have an in-depth understanding of your field and have the ability to demonstrate your understanding.

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

Apply! Always be actively looking for opportunities throughout the year. Be open-minded and apply to any opportunity you feel would potentially be a good fit for you. There are a lot of opportunities out there, but you must apply to have a chance.

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

Again. Apply! I wouldn’t worry too hard about trying to present yourself in an interview or application in the way “you think you should.” Really expressing your own individual strengths and interests and not just saying the standard response to questions is important because interviewers can easily distinguish between the two. Sometimes it may seem frustrating and not-worth-the-effort to apply to a whole bunch of internships you might not get, but it is also a great learning experience and when you finally get one you will look back and see that it was all worth it in the end.

Anything else you’d like to mention?

If you are interested in the pharmaceutical industry, whether it be the science side or the business side, GSK has a great, well-organized, and professional internship program which really integrates students into the company’s workflow. The were many events set up for interns, as well as company events, that provide opportunities for interns to experience, learn, and network with others.