Ever heard of the Career Center? No? To be honest, a few weeks ago, I had not either. In fact, it is not a something most students know about. When you think about it, though, it could be the most important place on campus. Each and every college student is hoping that their degree will someday make their future just a little bit brighter. In today’s tough job market, however, finding that golden opportunity is definitely not as easy as looking on Craigslist. And if you ask my mom, it’s never too early to start thinking about your future.
That’s why I recently paid a visit to Jason Whitney, an Internship Coordinator/Career Advisor over in Hood House. After attending The Washington Center seminar program over winter break (which I’m sure you all read about earlier in UNHTales.com, wink wink), I was curious about what other opportunities were out there closer to home. I was expecting to get a few pamphlets, talk about my hopes and dreams, and be sent on my way. Instead, I got a full, in-depth, crash course on how to look for internships, where I should be looking, and how to make those oh-so-necessary connections.
In the hour or so I spent with Jason, I learned so much about what I can do now to prepare for life after UNH. He took time to get to know me and my career goals in order to tailor his advice specifically to my needs. He showed me how to look for internships on USAJobs.gov, a great resource for anyone thinking of going into government. He showed me how to set up a profile on LinkedIn, which is essentially the older, more mature brother of Facebook. I learned how to make connections on the site and what people I should be seeking out. There is a whole UNH community of students and alums, providing the perfect tool for networking. For anyone who doubts the usefulness of LinkedIn, he told me about a couple of students he recently worked with who found their internships on the site, so don’t knock it until you try it! During the meeting, he made sure to email me with documents about how to use LinkedIn and tools to boost my resume.
At the end of the meeting, I left with a paper full of “action steps,” tons of information, and renewed confidence that the “real world” wouldn’t be so scary after all. The moral of this story is, do not wait until it’s too late to visit Jason or any other members of the Advising and Career Center. Resume needs a refresh? They have walk-in Resume Review hours Monday through Thursday from 12:00-2:00. Panicked about finding a summer internship? Make an appointment on their website! Graduating and need a job? Check out Wildcat Careers! Best of all, this is all FREE (who doesn’t like free stuff?) While this is the first time I went to the Career, Center, it certainly will not be my last. Sometimes the future can be daunting, but there are people right here at UNH who can help. Thanks to Jason, my journey just got a whole lot easier.
Written by Samantha Friedman, UNH Class of 2015.