Career Center Intern Prepares for Bright Future
WRITER: Emily Lowe is a senior from Kuna, Idaho, majoring in journalism.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Irish Joy Martos is a senior international student from the Philippines studying psychology.
Business student studies career development theories
Alyssa Hudson’s first visit to the University of Idaho Career Services Center was the day she started working there.
“I hadn’t really visited here or come here at all before this internship,” Hudson said. “I really wish I would’ve started my freshman year.”
Hudson, who is from Wenatchee, Washington, is one of four interns at the center. In fall 2016, the interns helped set up the fall career fair, helped fellow students write resumes and cover letters, and observed drop-in appointments with the Career Center’s professional staff.
“When I submitted my resume for the internship, I had it designed one way and then after being in the internship I completely changed the whole thing just based off of what I learned,” Hudson said.
In addition, the interns study different career development theories. Hudson chose to study Sunny Hansen’s Integrative Life Planning. This theory discusses all areas of life, not just careers.
What tends to happen today is people separate what they want in their work life and their home life, Hudson said. But Hansen tries to tie them together into what is called a holistic approach.
The interns presented what they’d learned about their theories to the Career Service Office, and they may study more areas as their internships continue.
Hudson thinks the research the interns are doing will benefit students in the long-term.
“Essentially, a student can come in and have access to an abundant amount of resources and will be able to tailor different aspects of career development to their situation and get a result that is different from every other student,” she said.
This internship is also preparing Hudson for her own future. At the career fair, Hudson learned about potential careers in purchasing departments. She is interested in the idea of buying items for a company she thinks could sell well.
“I like working with people, and so that will give me the opportunity to work more with people and less with numbers,” Hudson said.
But keeping the accounting degree allows her to be able to understand how the numbers work, she said.
Having the internship has given Hudson good background knowledge, she said. Not only can she write a good resume and cover letter now, but she also has learned how the career-search process works.
“All the students on campus have the same resources I do,” she said. “It’s just a really great place to come learn about anything job related.”