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5 ways going to speaking events can help your internship

Posted by | August 29, 2017 | Internship

Via USA Today College : 5 ways going to speaking events can help your internship

Most colleges offer speakers who come and talk to students about a particular industry or field. At least at my school, these speakers aren’t always a super popular event, especially on a Thursday or Friday night. They’re worth going to, though, especially if you want to snag that dream internship.

1. YOU LEARN FROM PROFESSIONALS

The people who are speaking know what they’re talking about. The tips they give you on your field are useful and will give you the fresh perspective of someone already inside the industry. Even better, you can usually ask them questions after they’re done with their presentation, and hear about what they look for in job candidates, what activities you should be doing now and other inside tips and advice. If you make a connection with them, they may even offer tips on your resume.

2. YOU SEE WHERE SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE IN YOUR FIELD STARTED

By hearing a professional talk, you can hear about a successful person’s first jobs and how they got to the position they’re in now. This information is super helpful because it gives you an idea of where to look for internships, what type of work could help you, and what city may have the most opportunities.

3. YOU CAN NETWORK

Meet the speaker, meet the other attendees, meet the teachers or administrators running the event. All of these people have something in common with you and want to be there. It’s worth meeting them, and keeping the connections. You never know who may know someone who can help you or teach you something.

4. YOU SHOW AMBITION

By going and engaging in speaking events, you show that you care about your future and want to learn more about the industry. If you go afterward and talk with your speaker, they’ll appreciate your drive and take you more seriously.

5. YOU CAN GET AN INTERNSHIP

Keep in touch with speakers! You never know when they’ll be looking for interns or employees. A speaker at my school ended up looking for interns and since I had kept in touch, I got the offer. Even if they can’t help you with an internship, they may point you in the direction of someone who can.

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