Create Your Own Opportunity

Courtesy of SundaySchoolLeader.com

Courtesy of SundaySchoolLeader.com

Do you have an interest  in a particular profession or industry and you are unsure of  exactly how to gain exposure to this area?  I would like to suggest that you create an externship.  An externship  usually lasts between 1 day and 1 week.  It’s  an opportunity to shadow a business professional and/ or observe their work environment. It is also a way for employers to get a preview of  how you would function within their company while providing you some exposure to a particular field of interest. Some times companies offer structured externship programs and other times they don’t.  If you are interested in a particular company or industry I’d like to invite you to create your own externship, don’t wait for an employer to offer one to you.  Determine the industry that you would like to work. Research companies in that field.  Locate the appropriate HR representative and/ or hiring manager.  Explain to them that you would like an opportunity to observe the nature of the profession or the work that is being performed in order to  gain some insight as to whether or not the industry or career is an ideal fit for you.   Create an outline of the job functions that you would like to see performed. Some companies will agree and others will not, however this is a useful tool for learning directly from professionals in the field.  It is also a great way to develop your personal contact network while demonstrating that you are proactive about your professional development.

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