Guest Blogger Cameron Leberecht: Hooking Up With a New Career

It’s a blog takeover today at the Hart Career Center! A fellow Titan, Cameron Leberecht ‘16, is here to tell you about an exciting new website, Intern Rocket, he has been interning with this year.

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College students are constantly asked one annoying (and for many, impossible) question: “What do you want to do when you graduate?” The answer: most don’t have a clue. According to recent research, nearly 80% of college students change their major at least once, and, on average, college students will change their major three times. Yes, three times. Despite this, you’re still expected to make career and life-defining choices about something you hardly understand. Good news! There’s a way to get around that. It’s called internrocket.com.  internrocket.com, a new internship finder, is approaching internships from an entirely new perspective. Rather than requiring users to manually search through hundreds, if not thousands, of varied internship opportunities, internrocket.com uses match algorithms to pair internship seekers with companies. Think of it like a dating website for your career. Hopefully, this information will allow you to gain insight into exactly what your dream job may be, allowing you to make an educated investment in your education.  internrocket.com’s goal is to make the process quick and easy. On signup, this internship finder will ask you a series of questions that help build a profile. Akin to Twitter, they keep it short and sweet. You have 130 characters to write your summary and 110 characters to submit your One-Line, both of which are visible to companies searching for interns. There are also options to include Bragging Rights, job history, and the opportunity to tag certain skills, similar to LinkedIn, that you can offer potential employers. Upon login, app users can browse internship optScreen Shot 2015-03-16 at 2.52.25 PMions, “favoriting” companies and users that interest them and “following” businesses they wish to hear more about. internrocket.com compiles this data into one social feed, giving prospective interns one convenient location to keep track of their “favorites” and “follows.” The more you interact with internrocket.com the more effective the matching algorithm becomes, eventually helping to match you with companies and opportunities that best align with your internship vision and offer immediate real-world work experience. The best part? Unlike other traditional job and internship sites, you don’t need to know what career path you want in order to land an internship, and you don’t need to worry about committing to a bad career relationship for months at a time. To combat these common problems, internrocket.com offers a series of micro-projects and micro-internships posted by different companies. Lasting anywhere from five hours to a week, these micro-projects function almost like speed-dating, allowing you to quickly determine whether that company or type of work matches the trajectory of your planned career. Of course, you aren’t limited to just micro-internships with internrocket.com’s internship finder. You also have the opportunity to match with part-time and full-time internships, summer internships, and, in some cases, work abroad programs.

Take advantage of the resources and opportunities in your college town. Don’t commit to an internship you’re not absolutely sure you’ll love. Explore your career opportunities, step outside your career comfort zone, and get involved in the local community. Expand your career network and improve a bare resume quickly with a diverse set of experiences that match the liberal arts philosophy at IWU.  internrocket.com will help.

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