CampusChat Recap: Tips for Savvy Interns
Mar12

CampusChat Recap: Tips for Savvy Interns

Mark Babbitt rocked #CampusChat last night with 9+ fabulous tips for college students seeking internships. Click to read the full transcript.

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Declare a Major or Apply Undecided?

— Should you declare a major when applying to college? What if you don’t know what you want to major in? You’ll definitely want to take time to visit campus and explore as many options as possible.

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Top 3 Life-Changing Choices for College Students
May19

Top 3 Life-Changing Choices for College Students

– As high school graduates set their sites on starting college in the fall, they may want to consider internships and studying abroad as ways they can get ahead even when they are just getting started.

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Takeaway Tweets & Transcript from #CampusChat: “Internships & You” with YouTern Founder/CEO, Mark Babbitt

The following takeways tweets are from #CampusChat, June 29, 2011, with guest Mark Babbit, founder and CEO of YouTern, an intern/employer matching service.  The complete transcript is included in this collection curated using Keepstream.  A BIG THANKS to Mark and everyone who contributed to #CampusChat. This transcript is packed with terrific tips for the college-bound to the college student. Enjoy!...

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CampusChat Guest Mark Babbitt Responds to U.S. News: “10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Internship”
Jun28

CampusChat Guest Mark Babbitt Responds to U.S. News: “10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Internship”

Originally published on April 5, 2011 by Mark Babbitt, CEO of YouTern U.S. News: “10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Internship” USNews.com recently posted a good slideshow titled, “10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Internship.” In the article, the ten tips described are: Know what to expect Gain trust early on Pay attention to the office culture Focus Take your work seriously Ask for feedback Learn from your co-workers Dress Ask for advice Say “thank you” A good list to be sure – to which we encourage interns and internship candidates to consider: Seek and develop a mentor relationship (highly critical in today’s competitive job market) Network, during and after the internship (great way to increase your sphere of influence) Keep your career in mind (consistently think about how your work affects your future) And, there is one segment – “gain trust early on” didn’t make so much sense on paper – with which we would disagree. Not the “gain trust” part, of course. But the fact that the author’s point is built upon excelling at “boring tasks” and “being good at photocopying.” I believe Green was actually talking about being diligent and displaying a strong work ethic – even when completing the “go-fer” duties that often come with more traditional internships. However, we would offer a slightly different perspective… Consider accepting an internship where no more than 10% (maybe 20%) of your work consists of “menial” tasks. In a start-up or small business environment, and certainly in a change-oriented nonprofit, you’ll be expected to contribute right away – rather than be the office “go-fer” who answers to “you there” or “hey, intern!” In fact, there’s a good chance you’ll be so busy with core assignments there won’t be time for menial tasks. Of course, even in small-team environments, you’ll occasionally be asked to perform non-glamorous duties such as taking the garbage out or, yes, even making a pot of coffee. But chances are those tasks will be done under the “we all wear many hats” umbrella – and you’re just as likely to see the CEO and founders performing those same tasks. By all means – perform every task, no matter how menial, with a good work ethic and attitude. Just as important, consider putting yourself in a position where you’re not asked to complete those tasks more than your core responsibilities – and what you signed on to learn. To both interns and their employer-mentors, we suggest the 70-20-10 intern rule: 70% of the your time should be spent on the tasks discussed during your interview – tasks that directly support...

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Takeaway Tweets & Transcript from #CampusChat with Carol Christen on Teens, College & Jobs
Nov04

Takeaway Tweets & Transcript from #CampusChat with Carol Christen on Teens, College & Jobs

What reasonable, hard-working adult would invest $60-$160,000 in the future of an 18 year-old when there is no clear plan for a Return-On-Investment (ROI)? What parent is looking forward to seeing their child graduate from college only to move back home? College admissions applications ask "What is your major?" not "What is your career goal?" Has the vale of a university degree diminished?  These are just a few of the tough questions we explored via #CampusChat with guest, Carol Christen, career strategist and author of What Color is Your Parachute for Teens. Some of the statistics shared were shocking. It's one thing to know that the nation has a high unemployment rate, it's another thing to learn that we have high unemployment because workers lack the math and science skills to fill vacancies.  While raising awareness of these important facts, Carol also shared solutions that make sound business sense: make a career plan, learn to network, gain experience via internships, and choose a career path that meets the needs of the market.  Here are the Takeaway Tweets and the complete transcript. What do you think? Should career planning be part of your teen's college admissions planning? Feel free to comment below or on our Facebook Fan...

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