Written by: Christian Hill – @slbecu
On April 12th in the Mendenhall Student Center, the 3rd annual College of Business Leadership Conference hosted their first ever student panel, led by Christian Hill, Sebastian Kressley, Colleen Todd, and Terrington Myles.
Pictured from left to right: Christian Hill, Sebastian Kressley, Colleen Todd, Terrington Myles
The students of the panel stressed the importance of internships and organizational activity, and how the lessons learned from both can be translated into vital skills necessary for being a successful, young professional.
4 Takeaways from “Intern to Executive”:
Students filled the room to hear from fellow College of Business leaders.
#1 – Internships Are a One of a Kind Experience!
There will be no other opportunity in your career to get risk-free experience; and on top of it, they pay you! As an intern, you get exposure to everything you need to know about that sector of the professional world, without the stress and pressure to perform. Hiring managers understand you are learning, which means expectations are set low, making it that much easier for you to excel.
Panelists answering questions from attendees.
#2 – Student Organizations Teach You Skills You Won’t Learn in the Classroom!
The technical skills learned in the classroom are only half of your education! Getting involved in student organizations allows you to exercise the vital qualities that make up the other half of your education, such as leadership, passion, and hard work. Both halves are equally important and both are demanded in the competitive work force.
#3 – Don’t Underestimate the Value of the Skills You Are Developing Today!
The fundamental skills you are developing as an intern or student organization member are vital to your long-term success as a professional. Skills such as multi-tasking, team leadership, and communicating with a wide variety of people, are all in demand skill sets. Don’t sweep your collegiate accomplishments under the rug; they provide the foundation for your professional skill set!
Students eagerly approaching the front of the room to ask questions after a successful panel discussion.
#4 – Network, Network, and Network Some More!
The relationships you begin to build now will be the professional relationships you start your career with. However, don’t fall into the trap of networking with somebody in the hopes of “getting something” from them. Create genuine relationships, ask people about themselves, and help others first; the benefits will come down the road when you really need them.
If there is only one thing you take away from this, it ought to be to get started now! There is no better opportunity to prepare yourself for the rigors of the professional world than to begin taking on responsibility today. There is a direct translation between students entering the workforce with internships and organizational leadership and their early success; it’s undeniable. You must learn to swim in the shallows before you can dive into the deep end, so start paddling now!