Mike Fuller, Director of Operations at SkyBridge Resources recently gave this advice to college graduates on gaining experience, in The Tampa Tribune’s Job Talk section.
Question: How can college graduates gain experience for their dream job?
Answer: College graduates can gain valuable experience in many ways, here are three that come to mind that can be very beneficial.
Internships and co-ops: The most popular ways to gain experience for students or recent college graduates are internships and co-ops. This can not only provide experience but can also create invaluable relationships.
Networking/user groups: These types of events have significant short-term benefits but could also lead to knowledge and relationships, which can be utilized. The key is to not be a fly on the wall: get involved, ask questions and meet people. Your goal should be to leave an event with more useful information than when you walked in the door.
Internet information: Lastly, there is an abundance of knowledge that can be gained on the Internet. Tutorials and online classes can give you valuable experience and make you more marketable.
-Mike Fuller, Director of Business Operations, SkyBridge Resources