How to Decide Which Job or Internship Offer Is Best for You
By Khadejah Stegall
Khadejah is a part of the TLC College Ambassador Program and attends North Carolina A&T University.
Taking on a job is an exciting experience. You are committing to a company for the next couple of months or even years. How can you be sure to make the right choice? Here are a few things to think over to decide which job or internship offer will be best for you. TLC spoke with Vanessa Santana, a senior at City University of New York-Baruch College, who received four job offers from companies such as LinkedIn, Nielsen, General Mills and The Walt Disney Company. Vanessa ending up choosing General Mills, and is an incoming Marketing Communications Planner for the company. We got advice from her on what factors led to her choosing the right job offer.
Study The Company Culture
If you are deciding between two jobs, treat it like you are deciding which guy is best for you. Okay, stay with me. Ladies, when you consider dating a guy, you research him and turn into an investigator. It’s the same with researching a job! You are committing a summer or a few years to a company. It’s important that you study everything about the culture to see if it’s a good fit for you. If you need to, ask to set up a tour with each location you were accepted to so you can get a feel of a typical day in the office.
Talk To People At The Company
“I talked to multiple people at each company, especially people who currently worked in the role I was offered,” said Vanessa. “Hearing about their experiences, asking the right questions and reflecting on whether I could see myself in that role on a day to day was helpful. My interactions with both the people who worked at the company and the company’s recruiters played a huge role in how I made my decision (I believe corporate culture is usually reflected by the company's so I took note of all my interactions).”
Which Role/Company Aligns With Your Long-Term Goal?
Think long-term when deciding between offers. Does one position help you get closer to your future goals? Will one role help you gain transferable skills in case you want to change industries? Think about networking opportunities and other perks a company can give you.
How Important Is Location To You?
This is important when you are deciding which offer to choose. Are you OK with being away from family for an extended period of time? Location change can be great to get a fresh start, but if you choose a location that is far from family, it can be tough if you are close with them. If location is the only factor that worries you about making a decision, make a plan to stay there for a limited amount of time.
Focus on The Role Before The Company
Many times people are wowed by the company because of its brand, but they were offered a position for a role in an industry they never intended to be in. “I focused a lot on the function/ role itself first before the company. Lots of times, people prioritize the company because of what SOUNDS more prestigious/ appealing to us as consumers, and when thinking about offers sometimes people fail to focus on what they will be DOING on a daily, how they'll be learning, what type of skills they will be developing, whether they will actually enjoy (AND thrive) within the type of work,” said Vanessa.
Don’t Let Money Be The Biggest Factor
We have bills and students loans to pay, but don’t let money be the only reason you take a job/internship over another unless you have unique circumstances where money is a necessity. The money will come and it’s worth the wait if you are working your way up the ladder in an industry you love.
Which Company Aligns Most With Your Values?
Look at the company’s about page and look at their mission and values. Does it align with your beliefs? It’s one thing to work for a company that has a good brand. You want to work for a company where you feel like you belong. “One of the most important things for me was prayer and trusting my intuition,” said Vanessa. “Prayer ultimately helped me make the right decisions, and speaking to people at the companies helped me guide my decisions and follow my gut.”
Will You Be Challenged?
Challenge brings forth growth. Put yourself in an environment where you are able to be challenged so that it will benefit you long term.
Choosing the right internship or job is a huge decision. Seek God during this important phase of your life.
Khadejah Stegall is a college mommy blogger that inspires others to achieve the impossible through the power of Jesus. She enjoys family time, eating vegan meals when it's convenient and mentoring others on professional development. To be inspired by more post, follow her blog at khadejahstegall.com