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Professional Development, but Make it Virtual

Monday, January 25, 2021

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           The business world has been rockin’ the “business attire on top, sweatpants on bottom” look this year, with the COVID-19 pandemic causing people to spend more time in their home offices. Drastic adjustments to the workplace of major companies, as well as financial losses from quarantine, have made it more challenging for Krannert students to find internships, co-ops, and job offers this year.

            Virtual career fairs and interviews can be stressful, so I’d like to offer some tips and tricks that I’ve learned along the way! I was fortunate enough to land a virtual marketing and communications internship with the American Red Cross last semester. I met with my supervisor over Zoom three times a week and was responsible for completing my tasks by assigned deadlines. This offered a lot of flexibility, seeing as it’s not a typical nine to five gig, so I use a planner to stay organized.

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            I found out about this internship through the Center for Career Opportunities website, which lists organizations looking for interns. I applied and interviewed for the position over Zoom. When on a Zoom call, it is important to have a stable WiFi connection, good lighting, and headphones. I’ve also learned that it may be a good idea to sit in front of a solid background so that you’re the main focus. You should make sure to do the interview somewhere quiet, and limit distractions as much as possible. It is also incredibly important to be on time. You can’t use the “I got caught in traffic” excuse when the interview is online.

            Everything is different right now, and it can leave students feeling a little lost about how to prepare for their future career. The good news is, the Krannert Professional Development Center continues to serve as a resource for students so that we don’t miss out on any opportunities for success. The KPDC, along with the CCO can help students navigate this new world of virtual interviews and internships. Check their websites and reach out to staff for help to navigate your career successfully through this pandemic.

Nicolle Kain is a junior from Beecher, IL with a double major in Marketing and General Communications and a minor in English. On campus, Nicolle is a Team Leader for Boiler Gold Rush, a Protect Purdue Student Ambassador, VP of Public Relations for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

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