It’s the time of year when some students start getting job and internship offers for summer 2022, especially in fields where the big companies recruit in the fall, like consulting, finance and tech. That can cause other students to feel like they “should” be applying for things, even though they’re not sure what they want to do or how to get started.
First, it’s OK if you’re not ready. You may be just getting settled at Brown, focused on your academics or campus activities, or have dozens of other good reasons why you’re not interested or not able to explore opportunities right now. The fall employer recruiting season can make it feel like if you don’t start looking now, there will be no opportunities left later.
That’s not true.
If you are ready, a conversation with a Career Counselor is a great way to start.
Each of these conversations is different, but we might ask you about your academic interests, volunteer experiences, aspirations, stories you follow in the news, or hobbies. We could talk about your values and needs like salary, living near your family, or organizational integrity. Or we’ll chat about skills you already have or would like to learn, like coding, teaching, problem-solving or painting.
We might even suggest you take an assessment, like the Myers-Briggs, Strong Interest Inventory or CliftonStrengths.
Regardless of how the conversation goes, we’ll suggest a few steps you can take to begin exploring fields that interest you and maybe even identify some internships or research opportunities you can consider pursuing.
Ready to get started? Consider making a one-on-one appointment with a career counselor to talk things over and make a plan.