Career advice and resources

Hi everyone,

I’m a freshmen in college and am starting to get antsy around internships and my future career. I’m currently a business major so I’m wondering if anyone has recommendations of services or apps that helps them with career advice and/or finding jobs?

There are a few resources I’d recommend:

For finding jobs, you can try the usual Linkedin, Indeed, Careerbuilder. There are a few up and coming services like Handshake and Polywork.

For career advice, I found Ohana (search Ohana: The Creator Marketplace on the App Store) to be great in matching you with successful people. Same for Lunchclub (search Lunchclub on any search engine).

As an undergraduate business major, you should have access to career clubs in your business school as well as access to career counseling / internship advising from your business school. These are the best resources (other business students / business school clubs / business school career center advisors).


I agree with Publisher. You should see what resources are available on your campus. Often, alumni offer internships that may not be available to students from other schools. My D’s school has a terrific career services department with career advising, grad school application guidance, and is a great resource for internships and networking. They also run an entire series of programming for sophomores to help them make connections.

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Today, using indeed and linkedin seem to be the norm. My son goes to a big state school and I was surprised at the lack of on campus recruiting. But he had interviews with companies that would never recruit there.

You can also find business like opportunities at non-profits, at service businesses (think hotels, car dealerships) or worst case, ask a favorite professor if you can conduct research with and for them.

Many jobs today are filled through hirevue - meaning you take a video interview and frankly, it’s a #s game in many ways.

You didn’t say what type of business - there’s a big difference between supply chain and accounting, for example.

Good luck.

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Good for you that you are looking, wanting to be active, taking initiative. However, no need to be antsy. I know, easier said than done based on personality. You have plenty of time to make connections, get internships, and position yourself for a great launch prior to graduation. It doesn’t all happen overnight.

As others have said, check out your B School’s career services. Generally speaking, colleges and universities have deeper career services resources within the B school than they do to for the general population. Also, the business oriented clubs (finance, accounting, consulting, business fraternities, etc) are great resources and offer networking. Many will sponsor “case competitions” that put you in front of top companies. Learning about all that stuff now will get you positioned to participate as a sophomore or junior. The big yr for internships is the summer after junior yr. So anything you can do now to position yourself for that will be helpful - networking, joining and participating in organizations (get involved in leadership of things you actually enjoy).

Here’s an example. S needed a job for spending money while in college. Not work study but a real paying job. Part time of course (10 hours per week). Rather than working fast food or retail, he worked in the college’s Controller’s office. He had real responsibilities and learned valuable business lessons about running a university (where does the money come from to build a dorm, how does the endowment get utilized, overall capital expenses, etc.) Served three purposes: 1. made money, 2. got real world experience, 3. Learned he had no interest in accounting / controlling. Had that job for three semesters which had to help him build a great resume for a competitive junior summer internship.

Just start exploring what’s available and making contacts. Build on that each semester.