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What are some ways in which I can get some in-field experience while still working on my major?

I'm a high school senior and I know that, unfortunately, some graduates don't know what to do, or don't have the experience to start working in their desired field after college. So they take a part time job and just waste time because, even though they have a degree, they don't have any actual experience which is what companies are looking for. How can I find ways to look for experience opportunities in my desired field while still in college? #internships #career-development #user-experience

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Rebecca’s Answer

Internships are a great way to get experience in your field. Sometimes it is difficult for high school students and lower level college students (1st year/sophomore) to get internships. Check with your teachers and professors to see if they know of opportunities. Take advantage of any work-study programs offered at your school. Some companies even have leadership programs for affinity groups (minorities, women) that can get you exposure to your field of interest. If you school has a vocational counselor, schedule an appointment. If not, see if you city or local municipality has any youth work programs. There are opportunities out there. You have to search for them sometimes.

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Michal’s Answer

Summer internships are a great way to get experience in your field while you are still in school. Also for some of your school projects you can choose a real life problem and shop around for a company that allows you to explore a solution for a problem you have identified (within their product or service offering). Companies love free work so you might just be surprised about the eagerness to let you work on it while making their resources available to advice you along the way.

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