Getting a Job
Do future employers look at the college you attended and base hiring you on where you went? For example, how would attending a prestigious school compare with attending my state university in terms of getting a job?
For your first job, employers will look at where you went to school. After that first job, they’re not going to care as much, so long as you’ve got strong work experience and great references and you have good interpersonal skills.
While employers will sometimes choose applicants who attended a prestigious college over those who attended less prestigious ones, this is only the case if the student at the prestigious school actually did well at that school. For example, if the student at the state school graduated at the top of his or her class and the student from a “higher ranked” school graduated with a C average, the state school student is more likely to get the job.
There’s another caveat. Attending a state school can really help you if you want to get a job in that state. Many employers will be alumni of that school, and this can count for quite a bit when you’re interviewing and trying to get a job. After all, employers like applicants with whom they have something in common, so attending the same college is as good a place as any to start. Good luck!
I just finished my bachelor’s degree in marketing,but I haven’t told my human resources department at my job yet. How can I let them know I have a degree, and also request a new job at the corporate office?
Congratulations on finishing your degree. It sounds like you should set up a meeting directly with your supervisor and discuss promotional opportunities in person. Don’t assume that a bachelors degree will ensure an instant promotion, but certainly organize yourself for a meeting to find out how to take the steps toward the job you want. My best advice is to approach your supervisor with a plan and clear goals. Let him or her know what kind of job you desire in the corporate office and why you feel you’re qualified to take that step. Rather than just relying on the new degree, also be prepared to discuss the experience you’ve gained at work and the accomplishments you’ve achieved while you’ve worked for the company. You’ll likely have to go through an interview process, so polish your resume and practice interviewing professionally with the help of friends and family members. No job is handed over — all jobs are earned, so set your mind to the goal and go for it. Good luck!
What kind of Internships should an English major look for besides at newspaper offices? I primarily want to write. Would it be better to try to build a portfolio instead?
That’s a great question! An English major has many options when it comes to career paths and internships. For example, in magazine publishing, most major magazines and publications offer paid and unpaid internships for college students and graduates. I’m not sure of your area of interest, but most major magazines, from Seventeen to Harpers to Time have pages on their websites that detail internship opportunities. If magazine writing isn’t your goal, you might check into literary journals and small presses seeking summer interns to help with slush-pile reading and editorial services. A great resource for thousands of literary journal websites is Poets & Writers Magazine. Finally, you might also look into internships with local newspapers such as alternative weeklies and independent publications. These publications often employ younger writers with edgier voices who are looking to build a portfolio. The options are limitless, but they all take focus researched. Prepare to write an eye-catching, grammatically perfect cover letter as well. You should demonstrate your professional writing skills when you apply, and have a friend or family member read your job materials before you send them out. These jobs are in high demand, so cast a wide net and apply where you think you’ll be a good fit. Good luck!
I received a bachelors degree from the University at Albany. I then started law school, but decided to leave with 53 credits completed, as I was not happy. Do you have any advice on career options now? Can I use any of these credits for a different degree?
It can be very brave to make a bold decision like that, but smarter to decide before you wasted more time and money if you are truly unhappy.
Have you talked to your career office? They would probably have a lot of great ideas for how you could parlay those existing credits into a potential degree, or otherwise suggest options. Even if you didn’t earn a law degree, that experience could still be highly attractive to a potential employer. In future interview situations, make sure to let them know about your law background, and how your familiarity with different areas might be of benefit in your new position.
Good luck in your future endeavors!