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Asked by Hayley on September 11, 2017

College is becoming similar to a checklist for students. Is it bad if one strays a little off the "recommended" time frame for obtaining an internship or doing certain things in order to be successful?

Answered by Tony, Hiring Expert at Hill-Rom, on September 13, 2017

Hello and great question! It is very important this day and age to receive your degree as well as gaining experience but there are plenty of people out there that have taken different paths to achieve success. There are other ways to gain life experiences through extracurricular activities such as taking an active role in organizations or perhaps a managerial position at your job. The important thing is to differentiate yourself in whatever you do. An employer does like to see your resume flow, however, if you can explain your path and why you feel your actions you have taken to this point have value then it shouldn’t matter what order they came in. I have seen employees achieve success through taking a traditional route from college to internship to full-time job as well as people who have had years of experience but chose to go back and get their degree to help them achieve future goals. Be mindful of your decisions but also be your own person. Best of luck!

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