I recently graduated and got my first job, where I'm working for the most part with people older than me. Do you have any advice on connecting and working with my coworkers who are 20-30 years older than me?
Hello – This is a great question as we are seeing more of a mix of workforce working together. Build a relationship with them. Get to know each other and how you like to work. Once you have a foundation…View all answers »
Do you have guidance for business owners who closed their business and are re-entering the workforce as employees?
Hello, This is a great question. We experiece this quite often in HVAC. As a business owner going into a larger workforce, ensure you're ready to be able to take direction and not always…View all answers »
I am looking for paid work experience in Chicago this summer, before I move overseas. Are there any defined time period jobs out there? Something maybe one step above an internship, as I am a grad student? Is this something I might try and negotiate with companies?
Hello, It sounds like an internship is what your seeking due to the short time period you're available. Typically grad students will do internships as well. Usually their interships are of…View all answers »
I accepted an internship offer from a Fortune 500 company about a month ago, which I was extremely happy about. Just a few days ago, I was arrested for a DUI charge for SLEEPING IN MY CAR. I did not want to drive because I knew I was intoxicated. However, the law isn't so understanding of my situation. What are the chances that the company will withdraw my internship offer when they find out?
Hello, If you have a position which requires you to drive, then you should immediately notify them. Most likely they will recind your offer due to the job requirements. Otherwise,…View all answers »
I have been teaching for 7 years and am looking to transition to the corporate world. I have taught general and special education social studies, math, and language arts. My master's degree is in social studies education and my undergraduate degree is in economics and political science. Prior to teaching, I worked as a research analyst with a federal agency and with a nonprofit. I would like to transition to the corporate world in corporate training, market research, or another field. I was wondering if the corporate recruiters welcome teaching experience and if the transition is feasible.
Hello, Depending on what you'd want to focus on, teachers to transition well into the corporate sector. When you're interviewing, highlight how you've come up with new ciriculiam and implemented…View all answers »
I received a job offer for an immediate opening; however, I still have a semester left of school. How can I leverage this offer to be extended until the late spring?
Hello, First congratulations on a job offer. But like Steve said, I would let them know you'd love to accept, but you need to finish your education. You can ask them to delay your start date to…View all answers »
Where should I start to find internships? And once I get an internship, how should I prepare?
Hello! The best way to start seeking internships is by attending your campus career fairs and reviewing your campus career center for job opportunites. Most companies will post roles there. …View all answers »
I'm earning my degree in mechanical engineering, but I realize I want to work for a software company or software service provider. How should explain my engineering major and why I want to work for a software company. Thanks!
Hello, Great question. Mechanical Engineers coming out of school tend to have a lot more software experience than in the past. There is a lot of overlap in the training and classes you've taken in…View all answers »
What are the most important points I should include about myself when an interviewer asks me, "tell me a little bit about yourself."?
I would recommend coming up with a 2 minute “elevator speech”. This speech should include high level about your background, including key jobs, job duties and responsibilities you’ve had,…View all answers »
I am near a recent completion of an Associates in Applied Science:Electrical Technology i have 3 months of commercial electric experience and 5 years of customer service experience.One goal is to finish a bachelor's in electrical engineering hopefully however I am completely lost as to where i need to start my career.
Like Ashlyn stated, internshps could be your best course of action. This would give you experience with a company and assist with the transition into a permanent full time role when you…View all answers »
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