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What is your advice is you completed a training program, but have no specific experience in that field when applying for first job/internship?

My name is Amir. I am currently in the BMCC Continuing Education & Workforce Development undergoing the IT Support Training Program. #career #internship


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Jennifer’s Answer

Amir, I'd suggest showcasing your interest. You can apply for an entry level position to get experience but also show how your interests are a fit as well as draw from your other experiences that could align to the new field. Being able to show that you are passionate about the opportunity, could outweigh some experience. We all have to start somewhere.


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Mary’s Answer

Hi Amir, after a training program it is ideal, as this is is an exciting time to present your passion in the field. . Everyone goes through that first job or internship, you have to start somewhere and you will bring a fresh, new approach and contribution of ideas and suggestions. You want that position, do your research on the company and bring that enthusiasm and knowledge you gained from the training program, and be prepared to share them during your interview. You might be surprised to find you may have a solution or spark that will ignite something they have been wanting to get off the ground or refresh, or start up. Your training is experience!! Good luck to you and much success!


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Nicole’s Answer

Hi Amir! Being open to challenges and learning new things will make you more marketable for first jobs in a variety of industries. With my background being in mental health I had no idea that I would go into health insurance. Coming in the door I knew nothing about insurance besides the fact that I needed to have it personally. Use the skills you do have as assets to include all basic office knowledge, equipment, and computer programs. These things will allow you to get your foot in the door and can be used coupled with the new skills you will learn at the employer.

Good luck!


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Robert’s Answer

Be sure to communicate your passion for the subject matter. When you have no experience in a particular field, the hiring manager may wonder if it is really where you want to be in the long run. Sharing your interest and passion for the subject, and your strong desire to make that field your career, can help to erase this concern.


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Jeremy’s Answer

Hi Amir,

I recently took a position in the insurance industry having absolutely NO prior experience in it. The willingness to learn and adapt to changes is what was key to going for this position. If you express your intention to learn the position/industry, a hiring manager will like that. Focus on the fact that it's an opportunity to learn more about the field you're heading into. Being open to challenges and showing that you're capable and willing to learn will go a long way!

Best of luck!


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