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Gaining Experience

Module Outline

Experience can help you to learn more about who you are, what you like and what you do not like. Whether or not you have a specific career path in mind, through experience you will try new things, build skills and increase competitiveness. Understanding industry expectations and needs can help you identify experiential opportunities to pursue. 83% of employers are looking for candidates with internship experience. Gaining experience will increase your chances of getting into your desired industry field. 

Learning Objectives

  • Obtain clarity by narrowing your job search focus and refining your career goals
  • Expand resources by identifying at least 5 different resources to connect to experiences
  • Organize your search by creating a tracking system for your job search, including job listings for which you have applied or will apply
  • Increase your brand image by perfecting your Handshake profile
  • Advanced research skills by identifying 10 experiences to apply for


Module Activities

  • Create an action plan to apply for desired experiences by semester
  • Advance your Handshake profile 
  • Sign in to Handshake and identify 10 experiences to apply for
  • Identify 3 recruiting events and sign up to attend them


Assessments and Quizzes

  • Gaining experience quiz [short term]
  • Peer review of Handshake profiles [short term]
  • Obtain an interview after applying to 10 experiences  [long term] 


Estimated Duration

  • About 20  to 25 minutes

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