Career Related Experience
Seeking Career Related Experience?
There are a variety of ways - paid and unpaid as well as for credit and not for
credit - that will let you gain critical career related experience long before
you enter a field. These experiences let you:
- Confirm your interest in a particular career field - did what you expect match reality?
- Develop the skills you need to be hired into the field and to advance
- Make connections that become part of your professional network
You may gain your career related experience through hands-on, on the job options
like part-time or full-time work. It may come with academic credit if your
curriculum allows for internships for credit.
Remember that quality experience does not always come with a pay check attached
or with the option to earn academic credit. You may develop marketable skills as
a result of pursuing your interests, volunteer opportunities, or engaging in
You can then communicate your career-related experience to a prospective
employer by way of your cover letter and resume. Perhaps you learned about this
prospective employer through one of the connections you made as you pursued your
career related experience.