Advice for Scholars from the Board
Topic: Interviewing and Networking
Our Bright Foundation board members give advice to scholars on interviewing and networking! We strive to support scholars as they navigate through college, acknowledging that education goes beyond what happens in the classroom.
What are some tips for interviewing and/or networking you think are important for students as they are in college and preparing to launch their careers?
With texts, zoom, email, etc., remember NOTHING ultimately replaces the ability to interact face to face. During the pandemic, this is easier said than done. With that being said, use every opportunity to communicate in person, rather than through other media. It will serve you extremely well in the long term. — Tom Press
An interview is not the time to be humble. Do your homework about the company and make sure your answers show this. Denote and share your transferable skills that can match the needs of a perspective employer, whatever the job. — Jeff Fleming
Be open to meeting people and new relationships. Your network should grow your entire life. Relationships are like money in the bank, an investment that grows and can be drawn on. — Jerry Deegan
Look for internship opportunities or jobs that align with your major. Internships often lead to job offers after college. Depending on the major, internships might be easier to find in your sophomore to Junior or Junior to Senior year of college. — Stacy Wanderscheid