Posts Tagged ‘Career’

Color Career Counselor

Say what?

I found the Color Career Counselor by careerpath.com on the Young House Love blog. Their post (okay, I didn’t actually read the entire entry) thought that the results were pretty accurate — and my goodness, I do too.

My result was “researcher”. That’s not necessarily my career goal at this point, but it definitely hit home. On my resume, my two “real” jobs have both been in research — material science and biomedical, if you’re interested.

If you’re interested, I’d definitely say try it. It took well under 5 minutes, and was pretty interesting, both to see the results and think about how on earth it worked.

Oh, and while we’re chatting, I adore Young House Love — they have created an absolutely gorgeous home, and done a great job monetizing it through consulting, blog sponsors and merchandise. What a dream job!


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Sinking Ship

Oh wait. I meant INTERNSHIP. Same difference, eh?

It’s hard to find an internship. I’m on the young-ish side of applicants, still have a couple of years before I graduate, etc. Most companies look for students entering their senior year, and use the internship as a ten week tryout for full time hires. I found one position, had an interview that went well — and then actually learned about what it entailed, from other students and through some negative reviews online.

Selling insurance and financial products on commission? No thanks.

That just felt wrong to me. I don’t want my income to depend on pressuring someone’s grandma to buy mediocre products. While I like making money telling others what to do (why hello, consulting!) I felt like taking such a position could even look a bit “shady” on my resume down the road.

So I’m debating a crazy idea in my head. What if I worked for myself this summer? I think I could make a sizable sum through tutoring local students, selling things on eBay, setting up an etsy shop (!!), picking stocks, freelancing, and other creative activities. Oh, and I’d blog about it, so that it would be a well-documented project for curious future employers. I would be able to stay at home, and volunteer for either a senate or a governor political races, living in a “hot” 2010 state. (Campaigns are not what I want to do in the long run, but I’m genuinely interested in politics and have clear choices for both elections.)

Money’s not a huge deal for me.  My parents will feed me even if my income is on the teeny side. (I have enough shoes to last a good decade, too.) I have been working on setting long-term financial goals; I think that I could make a sizeable income with crazy-plan above, and probably come a lot closer to creating diversified and passive streams of income.

[Summer school is not covered under my current scholarship money; with 80+ credit hours under my belt, that’s not a very necessary or appealing proposition.]

This could be interesting. One great thing is that I have two 40-hr/week summer jobs from high school, in addition to tutoring and newest photography gig, so my work experience is there.  So far, my resume is fairly plump with leadership positions, volunteering, — hopefully taking the summer “off” from traditional activities wouldn’t stick out like a sore thumb.  I could probably also consider a school year position in marketing as a summer activity, too, tweeting and publishing away from the backyard patio.

Am I absolutely nuts… or might this hold some merit?!

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Job Fair Rules

I went to a career fair today. It wasn’t my first, but the first time when I was actually looking for a position. This was a university fair, so all of the companies attending targeted my school, which, in my opinion, certainly helps things work out well in the long run.

Points that hit home from the experience, for the future —

  • Do your homework. Preparing for a job fair matters so much more than preparing for class! I was able to find a list of companies recruiting online. I looked at their profiles, and made a list of which companies were offering internships that I felt might mesh with my interests. Through the fair, I referred to the list to prioritize which reps I wanted to talk to.
  • Come prepared with a self-commercial. I had a general idea of what I wanted to say — my background, my interests and what I was looking for. Practice makes perfect — by the end of a couple of hours, it was smooth sailing!
  • Bring your resume, en masse. I printed off myriad copies of my up-to-date resume last night, so that I could freely hand them out to recruiters. Small mishap though — I didn’t remove all of the old copies from my padfolio, and accidentally shared some of those! Yikes, that was not a happy discovery an hour into the fair!
  • Know your schedule. After expressing my interest in a company, I was able to pick up an interview for tomorrow morning. I’ll be missing a class, but I was able to quickly commit to the time because I knew that the opportunity of snagging an internship is more important than 25 minutes of symbolic logic… Okay, well, maybe not in the grand scheme of things, but it is for tomorrow!
  • Be professional. Business dress, a firm handshake, looking recruiters in the eye and using their name — it all adds up.

It has come to my attention that I use lists a lot…

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I just spend 800 cokereward points on this sweet little lunchbox! (No idea why the link doesn’t work, boo)

It’s funny how much happiness something small can create. I’m hoping to sign a lease later this week so that I can look forward to having a new, nicer kitchen to put it in. It’ll be used for temporary recipe card storage, methinks. Or coupons storing free post-it note pads! I have tons of pads from various career fairs or other activites (study abroad in Timbuktu, anyone?) and really need to keep them coralled.

If all goes well, I will hopefully have a fun job by the end of next week — more on this to come. (Photograph is a clue, and no, I’m not joining the circus!)  xo

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Oh, Shopping!

I love shopping. It’s almost competitive — getting savvy deals, finding perfect items. That being said, I hate having to shop, especially when my own mistakes create an immediate need for an item.

When I left my apartment to come home between semesters, I packed a lot of clothing, largely in the form of dirty laundry (paying $3 for a communal washer = not cool). I brought a few fancy items like skirts and dresses with some pretty heels, but tried to leave a lot of things in my closet to keep them clean and pressed.

Then a friend emailed me about a career conference. Dress is “business professional”. Gee, guess who doesn’t have a suit jacket in an 150-mile radius?

So, before hopping on the metra tomorrow morning, I’m off to buy a new jacket. I could get the same one I already have at the Limited which would perfectly match my suit, buy a completely new set to have two complete outfits, or try to find something cheaper somewhere like Target.

The most logical solution is to get a second outfit — I’ll need one for work fairly soon, anyway — but I hate to pay nearly full price when there were huge pre-Christmas sales. I have a couple coupons, gift cards from credit card rewards, and always try to get a student discount with university id, but still… ugh

While on the subject of shopping…  Well-Heeled, a wonderful personal-finance blog, has a great post about personal finance, life and love lessons from Sex and the City. I just started watching the series over the holidays, and have really enjoyed it. Charlotte is my absolute favorite — sweet and pretty, with puppy Elizabeth Taylor!

Well-Heeled is having a book giveaway — check it out here!

Edit: I did not spend $40,000 on shoes, nor did I even find anything I liked well enough to buy. I guess I will just go jacket-less!

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