A student contributor shares her ideas for getting work experience as a high school or college student.
Work Experience has to be one of the biggest buzzwords for high school and college students. There’s a bunch of questions surrounding it. Even though everyone will tell you that your resume has to be filled with work experience, there’s more to filling out your Work Experience section than a paying job. Let’s dive into the multiple ways you can gain some experience, and what it can turn into down the road.A quick look using Fastweb’s Internship page is a great first step. It matches internships you might be interested in with the information in your profile so make sure your information is up to date! [Otherwise, a search using Monster, LinkedIn, or a search engine can help you find internships for your major. If you are a high school student and you know what your college major will be, you can also apply for major-specific internships to see if your career would be a good fit before you get too far into your requirements in college. Internships aren’t just for college and grad school students anymore! These internships are designed so high school students can have a chance to figure out their career path early if they think they are set on a certain field or position. Check out this article from a previous Fastweb Student Contributor, and this one from a few years ago for some ideas!If an internship doesn’t pan out, don’t worry! There are plenty more ways to get work experience without landing an internship. A part time job can be just as beneficial. You get to learn in a work environment with supervisors, acquire transferable hard and soft skills, gain knowledge, and you get some money for your efforts. Problem solving, effective communication, time management, and more are all adaptable traits that are useful to any employer in the future, no matter your intended college major or if you are in college.Having a part time job—whether over the summer or during the school year—gives you practical knowledge and skills that can also help you get ahead in the working world and ahead of your classmates. Fastweb also has a handy-dandy spot for looking for a part time job. You can search by Job, Title, Company, or Location to find the right part-time job for you! Bonus: there’s checkboxes to limit your search to Seasonal or Summer jobs if you’re only interested in working during your summer break!