Keep an eye on internal communications, network with colleagues and attend department events to discover opportunities. Be proactive and show enthusiasm while scouting for projects.
Alternatively, ask your manager or a colleague if they’d be willing to mentor you!
5. Network, network, network
Networking holds the key to expanding your professional horizons and gaining work experience. But don’t just attend industry events and career expos. Seek out authentic professional relationships within your field by forging connections, discussing meaningful topics and staying in touch.
Relationships lead to all sorts of opportunities, from new jobs to mentorship. And it can happen anywhere, even online. LinkedIn and other industry-specific forums serve as virtual gateways to knowledge and opportunities.
Remember, the power of networking lies in your willingness to actively participate.
All networking starts with a conversation. Genuine connections are built through active participation and a willingness to contribute and receive unique insights and experiences.
You already have connections through work or faculty members. Reach out and ask questions. People love to share about their career journeys, so start by asking about how they got to where they are.
The right mindset
In the end, gaining work experience is not just about checking boxes on a resumé. It’s about the personal growth, confidence and resilience you develop along the way. So, embrace the lifelong learning mindset, and seek opportunities where you can both share and learn. It just might be the experience you use to land your next role.