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what experience did you have to get the job you currently have?

Was the experience useful in your current role? #career #internship

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Susan’s Answer

I was Major in English Communication, and I started being an internship in a Video production Company in my Year 3 for half year, and also turn to a Part time in the same company in my year 4. So after I graduated, I was able to turn to a full time video editor in the same company. Meanwhile, I also produced my own creative works with my friends to gain more experience and more portfolios so that I can be easier to join a bigger company with related field.

I think besides what you learn in school or college, work experience and self learning are also very helpful to get into the company that you want to join.
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Adeline’s Answer

Being able to show your coaching experience, problem solving experience and how you deals with peers would be an advantage. Of course, it would be better if you have any prior working experience that would relate to the job that you were applying.
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Gina’s Answer

I was fortunate enough to jump into my major right away in college, which afforded me 4 years experience in my industry. I also worked on campus for the department heads and did an internship.
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Lucas’s Answer

In addition to these answers, I would add that some of your earliest experiences may be unpaid internships, volunteering, or positions you have to go up and ask for. My experiences that allowed me to climb the ranks of teaching assistantships was started by me going up to the professors I wanted to TA for and asking for the jobs- there was no formal application or anything like that, I just did well in the classes. I also got some internships from friends and by just emailing out to law firms asking if they had anything open, initiative is a huge factor early on in experience building, and networking is a large part of that as well. Talk to people, see what they can offer, and never be afraid to ask for something- that is how you build experience to talk about later on.
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Jennifer’s Answer

I changed careers and industries multiple times. I've worked as an Executive Assistant, Operations, and Customer support before I was a Customer Success Manager. I've worked in Medical, Fashion-tech, Telecom (Saas), and now Cybersecurity.

Always say yes to projects and acquire transferrable skills!
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Blake’s Answer

I had an internship first, which helped, but most things you need you will be taught on the job.
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Jasmine’s Answer

By the time I got to my senior year in highschool, I had decided on what I wanted to major in for college. This really helped in finding job opportunities that would give me the experience I was looking for. I majored in Accounting, so I started off with a simple position such as being a bank teller for a local credit union. Sometimes, starting off somewhere small and working your way up to where you want to be is a great path to take. Even the jobs you might not think are relevant to the position can give you great skills that are transferable through many careers. For example, working in retail will really help build your communication and selling skills. I had been working since I was 16 and holding various positions within retail really helped building my confidence when it came to speaking to people. This helped greatly when it came down to interviewing for internships. Taking relevant courses for your career and work experience (no matter how small) will really help in landing your dream position.
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Mary J’s Answer

I am now retired after practicing for over 40 years. For more than 35 of those years I was worked in the field of Nephrology Nursing (kidney failure patients). I had been an RN for only 3 years when I went into this field and I received on the job training.
That has changed dramatically since 1977! Now there is a significant amount of "book learning" or classroom time depending on the individual employer. And this is a good thing. This field of nursing as every other field of nursing has grown by leaps and bounds with all the advances in both the medical field and technology field. Besides more knowledge is always a good thing!
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Asha’s Answer

I conducted data analytics research in high school, participated in leadership activities and research in college, and took relevant math and economics courses to get an internship at U.S. Bank.
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Thalia’s Answer

I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to intern at a bank. The way I was able to secure my position was through the leadership experience I took on throughout my college career. I am super involved on campus where I serve on the board for a professional organization. Through this role, I showed I can work with a team, take lead on projects, and show my passion for giving back. Within a bank, most of the decisions they make is to do the right by their customers which is why it is important to be passionate about what you do. I am very passionate about financial literacy which is why I am excited to take on a role where I can handle the decision making of a consumers everyday finances.
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Thalia’s Answer

I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to intern at a bank. The way I was able to secure my position was through the leadership experience I took on throughout my college career. I am super involved on campus where I serve on the board for a professional organization. Through this role, I showed I can work with a team, take lead on projects, and show my passion for giving back. Within a bank, most of the decisions they make is to do the right by their customers which is why it is important to be passionate about what you do. I am very passionate about financial literacy which is why I am excited to take on a role where I can handle the decision making of a consumers everyday finances.
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Elle’s Answer

I had some prestigious internships and used my experiences there to gain my first job at a university. Mind you, I was a mere Department Assistant, but the position was very student affairs oriented and paid decently, offered benefits, and allowed for promotion and growth. Take your time to assess where you'll be a good fit and try to stack up as many internships as possible. Make connections and start a linkedin page for yourself to showcase your talents to potential recruiters.
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Angela’s Answer

I worked several jobs in the retail and restaurant industry while in high school and college to gain sales, customer service, and cash handling skills. This helped me gain enough experience to apply at a bank my last two years in college, as Economics was my major. From there, I worked hard and moved up the management ladder, working in many different departments and learning new things at different banks. Each job and experience will help you gain valuable knowledge for the next opportunity.
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Shiraz’s Answer

for my current job at salesforce, I had to have consistent work experience at other similar companies for about 9-10 years and demonstrate a good standing at my jobs to build and improve on my skillsets. At the job itself, i had to clear the first round of technical phone interview followed by 5 rounds of one on one interviews all scheduled on the same day for about 45 mins each interviewer. the in-person round only happens when I clear my first online telephonic interview.
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