Exploring Experiences

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“Experiences will assist us in discovering our true vocation...True vocations call us out beyond ourselves...and make us fully human.”

― David Whyte

Challenge your mindset...

Take the time to reflect on your experiences to assess what you have learned about yourself and the world of work. Challenge your assumptions that align with potential careers.

Ask yourself...
  • Is a “day in the life” in this organization and/or role what you expected or hoped it would be?
  • How do your interests and skills align with various roles within this industry? Use What    Can I Do With This Major online resource tool
  • What are you good at? Use Are You Career Ready Tool within FOCUS 2 online resource
  • What about your day did you most enjoy doing specifically?
  • How can you further explore this career/role on and off campus? Use the Firsthand
    online resource

Steps to Move Forward

Attend GOLD Seminars

GOLD Seminars: Gather insight on creating a professional brand, networking, and internship search strategies. Attend: Creating a LinkedIn, Networking 101, and Finding an Internship

Informational Interview/Job Shadow

Informational Interview Resource– connect and ask to talk with an alumni in a field of interest. (*See resource below). These conversations are one of the most impactful strategies to explore careers, make connections, and conduct a job search. Often this call or meeting will lead to an in-person introduction and an opportunity to experience a work environment first hand or to “job shadow”.

Consider the following platforms to connect:
  • Geneseo Alumni Career Advisor Network - A relatively new and impactful resource that offers our students an opportunity to be best “matched” with alumni in their field of interest. Offers an easy and convenient process to connect and set up video or phone discussions. (*Must start by creating your profile.
  • LinkedIn - #1 national job search and networking platform. Use filters to search and connectwith alumni in your field of interest.
Get Experience

Experience comes in many forms and does not have to be paid, or even for credit. It is any experience that helps you develop and refine your interests and skill set that can come from:

Find Opportunities and Experiences

Additional resources to assist in finding opportunities and experiences:

  • Handshake
  • CareerShift
  • NACE Competencies: The National Association of Colleges and Employers has identified 8 competencies that employers are seeking in their new hires. Are you career-ready? Review and reflect on your success skills, seek assistance, guidance, and opportunities whenever and wherever possible.

According to the World Economic Forum Future of Jobs Report, 2020 Success Skills include:

  1. Complex Problem Solving
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Creativity
  4. People Management
  5. Coordinating With Others
  6. Emotional Intelligence
  7. Judgment and Decision Making
  8. Service Orientation
  9. Negotiation
  10. Cognitive Flexibility




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