However, what about professional development?
Sure, we go to classes, and maybe join a few clubs, but what about exploring professional fields of work that give us a glimpse of a field without having to commit 18 units of time to?
I don’t know if anyone is with me, but I can barely decide what I want to do for the weekend, nevertheless commit my summer to one internship that I can’t guarantee I’ll want to do for three months. My college experience has been a constant cycle of me applying for jobs and internships, going through interviews, and rejecting offers from employers because I cannot commit to a company I haven’t fully fallen in love with.
The UA Job Shadow Program
This is where students now don’t have to worry! The UA has a Job Shadow Program; a program that would have saved me so much time.
The essence of this program is to offer students exposure to a professional field without needing them to commit their entire summer to, like an internship. The Job Shadow Program matches students of different majors and interests to host employers who will give you a ‘day in the life’ experience of their position. You would shadow a professional for a day, sit in on meetings with them, help them with tasks, maybe grab some lunch with them, while you are fully submerged in the company for the day.
Ideal for Career Exploration
For my underclassmen peers, this is a perfect opportunity for you! I know how hard it is trying to find recruiters at career fairs and online that will offer underclassmen internships!
This experience offers you real professional development without having to be in one place for months. You can dip into multiple fields, find what you actually like, which company culture you match with.
Not only does this help your ‘soul searching,’ but this also is a professional development experience you can put on your resume.