Throughout my first two years of college, I tried to immerse myself in as many organizations and volunteer programs to help me figure my interests and what types of activities I could excel at. This process resulted in a wide spectrum of potential opportunities. By the end of my sophomore year, I was still uncertain of what direction I wanted to take with regards to my post-college career.
Going into junior year, I started looking into internship opportunities more focused in the business sector. I researched the consulting industry and learned about the various types of consulting (ie. strategy versus implementation). From there, I took more initiative and began networking with associates at career fairs and information sessions to learn about these respective companies, the company culture, and the life as a consultant. Fortunately, having had these valuable opportunities to gain insight, I realized that the work-life balance as a consultant would not be a good fit for me at this time. As such, I needed to explore other fields and gain more experience in order to further my career.
Given this knowledge, I became interested in the field of Human Resources. From there, I started to apply for internships that solely focused on HR and Recruiting. Fortunately, after a long and tiring semester, I was able to secure an internship in this industry. My internship not only provided me with the necessary skills to succeed in Human Resources, but I also had the incredible opportunity to work and live abroad. For me, it was killing two birds with one stone.
Blog written by Michelle Tran, Political Economy '14