Gain Experience/Build your Résumé
What is Experiential Education and Why is it Important to my Career?
Use these resources to learn how to get real world experience while still in school:
Part-time Jobs On-Campus - A number of departments on campus hire student staff who are not required to be eligible to work through the federal work study program. Utilize Cards CareerLink to search for on-campus part-time jobs.
Part-time Jobs Off-Campus - The UofL Career Development Center has developed relationships with many area employers who hire UofL students throughout the academic year and the summer into part-time jobs within their organizations. Utilize Cards CareerLink to search for off-campus part-time jobs.
Cooperative Education and Internships - Cooperative Education (Co-op) Programs and Internships integrate classroom studies with paid or non-paid, productive, real-life work experience in a degree-related field. Through coop programs, students nation-wide get the best of both worlds: a high quality academic degree and an impressive résumé of practical work experience and, in many instances, academic credit and professional compensation for their experiences.
Cards CareerLink for area volunteer opportunities.- In some areas, like not for profit agencies, working without having completed your degree, it is quite difficult, if not impossible to gain paid professional level experience. You should consider trying to volunteer in exchange for the opportunity to learn and gain some experience in your area of interest. You should also check
Cards Mentor Network - Your lifeline in the world of work. Mentors can serve as a sounding board to vent your struggles and great advice givers to help you through the unknown. They can also serve as great networking partners with the connections necessary to help you open doors.
Service Learning - The Service Learning Program encourages and supports students, faculty and staff who are interested in community service opportunities and who want to combine their academic studies with community service.
Informational Interviews - A great way to learn more about your field of interest from a professional.
- Joining a professional association related to your area of career interests is a great way to learn more about your field, build your professional reputation and network, and scout out potential professional opportunities upon graduation.
Student Groups, Clubs & Organizations - Getting involved in a student group, club or organization will not only help you make some new friends, but help you build a social and potentially career network, gain leadership skills and demonstrate to a potential employer that you one who gets involved, takes initiative, is probably a good communicator and works well within a team or group. These are all great ways to tell that potential employer that you have what it takes to be successful, not only in college but in the workplace as well.