Career advice from a former student
By: Brittany Covert (Accounting '11) originally posted at https://www.uni.edu/prp/blog/ on 9/12/2014
UNI has so much to offer. So take advantage of it! Being a part of the PRP already puts you one step ahead. This is a busy time of the year (not just with football and tailgates), but for recruiting. I wish you all the best of luck!! You really should stand out compared to other schools if you use all your resources available at UNI!
Here is my career fair advice - take it or leave it. Play the part. If you are going to talk to the talk, walk the walk. Dress up… as in go buy a suit dress up. Look professional. Don’t wear something too flashy or scandalous. Don’t forget your deodorant – DO for the BO! Spit out your gum. Okay, so now hopefully that you look decent. Prep! Look up interview questions, do a mock interview, practice answers, update your resume, proof read your resume, then do it again, take it to career services, then save it in pdf. This way, the format won’t move around if you have to submit it online! I used to do it mainly so any unknown grammar and spelling errors wouldn’t be visible.
Then here is the really big advice: go for it! Follow your dreams. It may not be easy to do, but don’t be afraid to tell people what you are looking for. It is better for both you and the firm. If you have always dreamed about moving to Denver, Chicago, the east cost, or down south – try it! Yes, it may be difficult at the UNI Career fair. But, we all know you mainly apply online after you talk with firms anyway. So get out there and look!
I will put in a plug for Minneapolis. It is a great city with a lot of opportunity. I believe there are 20 of the Fortune 500 companies up here. A lot of UNI graduates have come up. Two of my friends who just moved in June have both said on different occasions: "I am never leaving this place." It's about a three and half hour drive from Cedar Falls and four from Des Moines. It is a fun city with a lot to do! Just a thought!
Good luck at the Career Fair. This is really nerdy, but I think I only missed one or two career fairs in the past four years. Everybody should go! I mean, you get an hour for PRP right?