Friday, September 27, 2013

Leaving Your Mark: Post Co-op tips

All too often, faculty, staff, academic advisors, co-op coordinators, and I emphasize what you should do as you start your six-month "ultimate internship." We talk about asking questions, introducing yourself to your bosses and co-workers, being punctual, dressing professionally, etc. However, we may not spend enough time evaluating what you have learned from your recently completed co-op (an applying this to the classroom), reflecting on the experience, and transitioning back to the classroom. Here are some reminders:

  • Thank your bosses, co-workers, and clients/customers in person and in writing

  • If your employer didn't complete your evaluation (ES&P), write them an email or call them and ask for feedback about your strengths and weaknesses.

  • Also this is a good time ask them to be a reference for you and/or ask them to write a letter of recommendation for you.

  • Connect on LinkedIn with your former colleagues.

  • Update your resume while your duties, responsibilities, and accomplishments are all fresh in your mind. Ask your former boss/supervisor to review your updated document.

  • Tell your professors and academic advisor about your experience. Do so one-on-one and in the classroom settings.

  • Let underclassmen for their advice and guidance. Act as a mentor for them.

  • Ask upperclassmen for their advice and guidance. Be open to their mentorship.

  • Maintain your relationships with your employer. If possible, continue working as a part-time employee or volunteer. If you are unable to do so, simply keep in touch periodically; update them on how classes are going and what you are seeking with your next co-op or full-time job.

  • Focus on your studies and raise/maintain your GPA. Take on research projects with professors, keep up-to-date with industry happenings by reading the Sports Business Journal, and use your free time wisely to become involved in the SMTSU.

Mark Gress is the Associate Director of Employer Relations for Arcadia University with a Masters Degree from Drexel University.  Mark formerly worked as Co-Op Coordinator and Manager of Employer Relations for the Steinbright Career Development Center at Drexel University.  He also has experience with Turnkey Sports and Entertainment, Philadelphia Eagles, and Drexel Athletics.

Connect with Mark Gress on LinkedIn. 

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