There are two seasons in Portland; rain and summer. With the latter approaching, Portlanders are preparing to make the most out of these three glorious sun-filled months with everything from music festivals, barbecues, street fairs, and clothing-optional bike rides. Even if you are not taking classes this summer and are exploring the many hiking trails of the Gorge instead, summer is a great opportunity to land a job or internship that can build new skills, expand your career network, and gain work experience. Here are a few tips to soak it all in and make the most of your summer experience.
Think About Your Goals
Do you need to earn extra money? Want to develop a specific skill? Hope to explore a career you have interest in? Figuring out what you want to get out of your summer work experience will help focus your job search. Informational interviews can be helpful to see if the industry you are interested in is the right fit for you.
On Campus Resources
To start your search, visit Career Services! Whether you’re looking for a job to make some extra money or to get experience for your professional career, there are resources for you. Career Services manages a database of job postings and internships and hosts career fairs based on majors and specific employers throughout the year.
Spread the Word
You should also connect with friends, family, and professors and explain what you’re looking for. Ask for their advice because they be able to put you in touch with people who can help you find the right job. Other students are also a great resource as many have worked in many different industries or held different types of jobs on and off campus.
Do the Research and Be Prepared
Research the employers you are interested in and the people that work there. This can easily be done with a quick Google or LinkedIn search, who knows what you may have in common! Should you be granted an interview, be prepared to answer questions about your skill set and why you are interested in that particular position. Mock interviews are a great way to prepare. Arrive early, turn off your cell phone, and show enthusiasm for the position. A follow-up “thank you” is always a nice way to make a memorable impression.
Pro Tip – Bring a “thank you” card with you to the interview and fill it out before you leave the office!
Think Beyond Summer
In a competitive job market, a career-related summer job or internship can make the difference in obtaining a full-time position. More employers are using work experience as screening devices to assess the skills and abilities of prospective employees. It is also a great way to make contacts and show employers you are interested in the their field after graduation.
Take Summer Classes
PSU Summer Session, might be the best term to start or enhance your career after PSU. Take advantage of over 1,300 of our summer courses ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks both online and on campus. Get on the fast track to graduate, explore a new subject, or take classes to prepare you for college, Whatever your preference, get out there and enjoy the Portland sunshine!