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Sketchy Internships

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Loni Gibson Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

It is hard to believe that the fall semester is winding down and before you know it will time to start applying for spring and summer internships. Having an internship helps shape your experience and can seriously impact what you do in your career. Internships are a chance for students to break into their interested field to gain work experience and to see if it is the right fit. Unfortunately, sometimes students can get tricked into the wrong internship. Here are three things to look out for when applying:

1. The “Ballin’” Internship

If you have come across an internship that is highlighting how much money you could make, you might want to reconsider it. More than likely, the internship is commission based and probably doesn’t have a base salary, meaning you could actually make nothing. These internships usually come from companies that are not totally established and are looking to entice anyone to join while not really considering how to help interns gain valuable work experience.

Rich Well Paid Intern

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2. The “Pay To Work” Internship

There are several internship programs that guarantee work placement with an added fee; few of them are actually legit. Does it even sound plausible to pay for employment? Sometimes these internships can be real granted if you are using work equipment or the company needs to pay off any charges that you might acquire as an extra employee. Just be cautious of this and do not pay anything until you know this is secure.

Broke Intern Empty Pockets

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3. The “You’re Not Really Employed, But You’re Working” Internship

So, you finally land the internship – congrats! But, they don’t acknowledge you are an employee or give you the terms of employment. You have an estimate of how long you’ll be working for them, but don’t have a contract. If you don’t have a contract, you’re not legally employed. Without legal employment, you will not have proven record that you worked there and then no recommendation for a future employer. Along with a contract you should also receive documentation about pay, company policies, and rules. In order to have rights as an intern, you must have documentation of employment. Make sure you ask for it if it isn’t given to you.

Under The Table Job Internship

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Internships are a great way to get a step into what you want to pursue, just make sure you only follow through with positions that are not questionable. Take this time to learn what you can and get the most experience possible to add it to your resume so that you have the best chance of landing that job!

Happy searching!

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On-Campus Job Hunting

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Sylwia Baran Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

It is almost time to head back to campus. Now is the best time to start job hunting on campus. The great thing about on-campus jobs is not only that they work around your class schedule, they also are conveniently close! The problem most of us have with finding a job on campus is knowing where to look.

1. The Library

College libraries are most often one of the largest buildings on campus, which typically means that they usually have the most job openings for students. Simply go to your college’s library and ask about job opportunities.

Male College Student Working Job At School Library

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2. College Bookstore

The best time to apply for a job at your college’s bookstore is right before the start of the semester  since that is their busiest time. Although often times the positions are only temporary, it is still a great job for students.

Female College Student Working Job At School Bookstore Cash Register

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3. Dining Services

If you don’t mind the smell of cafeteria food, this is a popular place for student jobs. There are different positions available in your college’s cafeteria: line servers, dining room attendants, checkers (swipe ID cards), etc.

Group Of Male College Studens Working At School Dining Hall Food Services

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4. Peer-Tutoring

This is a great job for students who did well in certain classes and would like to tutor others in those subjects. Visit the department in which you’d like to tutor and find out if they need peer-tutors. Not only do you get paid, but you’re also refreshing the material for yourself!

Male and Female College Students Working Together To Study As Peer-Tutors

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5. Federal Work Study

In order to get a work study job, you have to apply for FAFSA. On the application, indicate that you are interested in work study. Not everyone will qualify for it, but if you qualify for Financial Aid, you will most likely qualify for work study. Call your Financial Aid Office on campus to find out if you qualify and how to apply for a job.

College Girl Working For Campus Mail Job

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The best time to apply for these jobs is early August and/or early January. This is the time in which there are the most job openings. Also check out local shops, restaurants, or gyms.

Tip: If applying in person, always have your class schedule printed out with you. Since on-campus jobs work around your schedule, they like to see your schedule along with your application. 

Have you ever worked on campus before? Tell us about your experience below!

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3 Creative Lunches For The Working Student

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Sylwia Baran Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

For those who are working this summer, lunch is usually one of two things: either you are brown bagging or you are going out to lunch every day. Neither of these options are ideal. The sandwich you made in the morning is soggy by lunch, and going out to eat every day can really empty out your wallet! That’s why I like to make my own lunches the night before and get a little more creative than a sandwich. Here are my top lunch ideas that are quick, easy to make, and taste great!

1. Veggie Pasta

Pick your favorite pasta (my favorite is penne) and a few veggies and you’ve got yourself a lunch. I fry up some garlic, a handful of sliced mushrooms, one chopped bell pepper, and a teaspoon of olive oil. I mix the cooked pasta in when the veggies are soft and as a finishing touch I sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top.

Penne Veggie Broccoli Pasta with Parmesan Cheese Lunch Dish

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2. Salad

There are many different kinds of salads, but I prefer a handful of baby arugula and baby spinach. I toss in some fresh mozzarella with the juice of one lemon mixed  with a teaspoon of olive oil. This is very easy to do and tasty to boot!

Arugula Spinach Salad With Parmesan Cheese

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3. Pita Pocket

If you prefer a sandwich for lunch but are getting tired of the same regular sandwiches, switch it up and make your sandwich with pita. I like to toast my pita pockets first, then fill it with my favorite sandwich fillings: tuna, lettuce and tomato, or ham and cheese. Toasting the pita is a lot better than a normal sandwich and the bread doesn’t get soggy like normal sandwich bread does.

Tuna Lettuce Tomato Pita Sandwich

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Try out these recipes to spruce up your lunch!

Tell us in the comments below what you like to do for a fun, easy, and creative lunch!

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4 Tips To Set Your Mind At Ease

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

It’s easy to underestimate how stressful life can get, and that’s exactly what I did before this semester started. If you are like me and you have a job, sometimes it is hard to leave your work at work. I am now working full time, married, and going to school. I decided that I was going to work more and still be a student because I figured it wouldn’t change that much. I was totally wrong. I’ve found myself struggling to do homework, constantly thinking about work, and never doing laundry. It is such an easy cycle to get stuck in if you don’t take the time to plan out a strategy to pull yourself out. Here are some suggestions I have for you to ease your schedule.

1. Cut Back

For me, the first step was cutting back five hours of work. For some of you, I know that isn’t plausible, but for me that is what I needed to do. It made a big difference for my schedule. If you can’t cut back on hours, make yourself a designated time each week for you to have “me” time.

2. Shut It Down

Next, I stopped checking my e-mails after five o’clock every evening. It made me anxious when I read all of the group employee e-mails that are constantly sent throughout the night, so I decided I had to stop myself. There is nothing so important that should make me feel anxious even when I am sitting on my couch in my home.

3. Homework Time

Each day I give myself twenty minutes to get a little bit of homework done. It doesn’t allow me to get all of it done in one night, but it allows me to get enough done every night so that I don’t have to stress and do it all in one day.

4. Enjoy

The most important advice I can give is to enjoy what you have. It wasn’t until yesterday when my husband and I went to the park that I realized I haven’t been doing this. I was lying in the grass with my eyes closed listening to the birds and feeling the breeze and I realized that is what life is about.

“Rise up like the sun, labor till the work is done.” That’s a quote from the Killer’s song, “Be Still.” Listen to it below. It is a great song to make you realize life isn’t about your job, it’s about those moments when you get to breathe in the air and feel the breeze in your hair.

Remember to take moments to yourself to really enjoy life and let go of unnecessary stress.

 

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Working in Public Relations

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Public relations is a growing field, it is estimated that the industry will grow 23% by 2020. I recently returned from a public relations internship in Washington D.C. with Edelman, an international public relations firm. I learned quite a bit about working in the field while at Edelman and wanted to pass along some of the most helpful knowledge, which can help in any student internship or job after (or during) college.

Tip 1: Ask Questions

I know that sounds cliché, but if you are given an assignment and you aren’t entirely sure about the perimeters in which you should do it, make sure to ask questions. It is better for both you and your supervisors if you fully understand the assignment so that it doesn’t need to be redone.

Ask Questions

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Tip 2: Gain Work Experience

If you want to get a job in a PR agency, make sure to identify the agencies you would like to work for and approach them about work experience opportunities.

Public Relations Workers

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Tip 3: Understand The Media

Watch the news, read newspapers, and read online news. Understand the differences between all news shows and watch other channels beside the ones you like.

Wall Street Journal Newspaper Media

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Tip 4: Become A Social Media Expert

Public relations and media are an ever-changing landscape, it is essential to understand the social media aspects of it now. Facebook, Twitter, and blogs are the new gateway to mainstream media.

Social Media Pages

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Tip 5: Have A Digital Footprint

Potential employers search Google and social media websites for new hires. Make sure to have a clean footprint that will tell the company about you. A blog is a good place to start, but if that is too much, then try starting a Twitter or LinkedIn.

Blogging Digital Footprint

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Don’t be afraid to get out there, be creative in getting potential employers’ attention. If you want to work in public relations badly enough, then you will find a way to stand out from the crowd.

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