Breaking the vicious circle of experience

<p>When applying to any sort of position, possibly the most important factor in acceptance is experience. Basically, this means that in order to get experience, you must have experience. For example, if you want a research internship in biology you would probably get it if you did research before. If you want to be president of a business club, then being president of a club in the past would probably be the factor that gets you chosen.</p>

<p>I'm not saying this way of choosing people isn't fair, it's just difficult for other people to catch up. In college, it's already late for some of us to gain experience in a field compared to other people who knew what they wanted to do since they were 10. So my question is: What's the best thing to do now to get yourself "in the circle"?</p>

<p>Apply to programs specifically to introduce students to X field or volunteer in a relevant organization. Depending on your interests, it might be possible to contact dept representatives to see what type of opportunities your university offers.</p>

<p>It's possible to get experience at any age. I started being attracted to the business world when I was 19 so in order to get some real life experience, I opened my own business. That alone qualifies me for many management positions.</p>

<p>It's always been my dream to work in the medical field so I've started volunteering at the hospital part time. Some volunteers get jobs after seniority. This show that you have some experience in the field.</p>

<p>You don't need years upon years of experience for entry level positions. You could probably get an internship in biology simply for working part time research over the course of a short year.</p>