/ Asked by Lacey
How do I get into a fellowship or shadowing experience when I work around the clock? I can't afford even one day off.
Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Wednesday, July 9, 2014
That is a tough spot to be in for anyone.  I understand the need to work while attending school; I did it myself working 2-3 jobs all through undergrad and full-time through grad school.  I would encourage you to try a couple to things in order to get the experience that you feel you need to be competitive with your peers.  First; speak with your current employer, or the employer that you feel would work with you the most if you have more than one job, to explain your situation and see what they will do to help support your continued educational development.  Secondly, speak with your career services office to see what paid experience opportunities they have available for your skills and experience to help you gain introductions to the industry that you wish to work in after graduation.  Third; and this may be the most challenging action of them all, if you are unable to gain the support from your current employer you may have to look at changing your hours or job altogether to give you the flexibility that you need.  I do not say this without a little hesitation as I am not advocating that you do something financially devastating, I have no idea what your actual situation is currently, however, having no balance to your work and free time is not healthy, nor is it sustainable in the long term.  Ultimately you have to decide on what is most important to you, your current or future state of employment.  I wish you the best of luck in navigating through this very challenging situation.    
Answered by Deanna, Hiring Expert at IBM Corporation, on Thursday, July 10, 2014
I agree with the comments shared in the prior response.  And I certainly sympathize with a difficult situation that you are in.  Trying to work with your current employer(s) is logical to see if they can perhaps expose you to additional opportunities within their organization, or allow flexibility in you investigating a shadowing experience elsewhere.  In fact, it could send a strong message to your current employer that you are interested in growing and advancing in opportunities - and that may be welcome news to them!

Also, the advice to consider a long term view is important.  Try putting together a scheduled step-wise plan to reach your goal.  You can think of (and schedule) small steps that will ultimately lead to where you want to go.
Answered by Dustin, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., on Monday, July 28, 2014
Great advice from the previous experts and I can only reinforce the notion of evaluating the short-term gains vs. the long term potential. While sacrificing an income now may have some impact on your day to day lifestyle, gaining relevant experience as early and as much as possible for your future career will pay dividends come graduation and help accelerate your career.  
Answered by Megan, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, July 29, 2014
If your current position is keeping you from shadowing due to the amount of hours you are currently working,  I would ask the employer you are wanting a fellowship with if they could do video or phone conference that would allow you to talk to them a few times a week. Although this isn't very common, they may make an exception due to your hours.
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