How To Get Experience Without An Internship
By Khadejah Stegall
Khadejah is a part of the TLC College Ambassador Program and a recent graduate of North Carolina A&T University.
No internship experience? Don’t worry! You can still get experience to land an internship you really want or even a job. Many students do not take advantage of many campus jobs that are provided to them where they can gain great skills in. Here are some ways you can get experience without an internship:
Join A Leadership Position
When you run for a leadership position, you gain a lot of skills! You promote for your position, write a speech, work with a team, brainstorm events, and so much more. Depending on your position, it is also a great way for you to network because you interact with people from different universities and employees that have great insight on helping you with your career path.
Become a Resident Assistant
As an RA, you have to manage a team of girls, mentor them, create events, and report back to your graduate director. It is a very valuable skill many people look over because they aren’t working at a huge company, but you gain various skills! If you were in an interview and you had to talk about managing a team, this would be a great example to use.
Become A Campus Tour Guide or Ambassador
You have to be on your campus for about four years anyways, so why not become a tour guide? As a tour guide, you can develop your social skills by presenting in front of a large group of people and consult with other students based off of their interests and determine which major would be a good fit for them. There are also many organizations looking for college students to become a campus ambassador for their business or movement. Many campus ambassadors start teams from scratch and manage them!
Work At Your School’s Career Service Call Center
Working at the call center is great because you are cold calling people and asking them for money. For one, you are going to hear no a lot, but you learn how to negotiate and sell yourself. There are so many transferrable skills in sales that you can take with you no matter what job you work! In sales you have to build rapport, persuade people, pitch value, and a lot more. My call center experience got me my first job out of college and I didn’t even have it on my resume until I was a senior because I didn’t know the value of it.
Are you passionate about kids or older people? You can volunteer at a local YMCA or a nursing home. This is great to talk about in an interview and how you spend some of your time. Not only will you gain experience, but you will be making a difference in someone else’s life.
Create Your Own Opportunity
If you don’t have an opportunity, the best way to get one is to create your own. Start a blog, shadow a professional in the field you aspire to be in and get experience. You can learn if an industry is for you by shadowing someone.
You can get your first internship with experience that you receive on campus and if you really know how to play your cards right with campus involvement, you could even get a job! Many employees look for busy people that are productive and know how to work under pressure. Although internship experience is great. don’t let it discourage you.
Khadejah Stegall is a mommy blogger that inspires others to achieve the impossible through the power of Jesus. She enjoys family time, eating vegan meals and mentoring others on professional development. To be inspired by more post, follow her blog at khadejahstegall.com