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What are tips to receive more scholarships? How can my resume stand out to gain more internships? Why are mentorships important? When is it the right time to change careers?

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Brandon’s Answer

How can my resume stand out to get more internships: This will depend on how much work experience (either jobs or volunteering)you have prior to the internship. Assuming you do NOT have much work experience I would try to list all the skills that would be relevant to that internship. Avoid trying to put as much as possible on your resume. You want your resume to be as precise as possible. For many jobs, there could be hundreds of people applying for the position (especially for internships), so the person reviewing them might just skim through to see if there are key skills that you have that would help in performing well in the job. If you have any accomplishments, certification, awards, etc, list them.

When is the right time to change careers: I would say when you feel like the current career doesn't feel like it is working out. You shouldn't be locked into a career all because it makes a large amount of money. If you feel like the career is taking a mental toll or causing issues within your life, I would say that would be the right time to CONSIDER switching careers. Never switch careers unless you have a plan.

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MANDY’s Answer

Alexa,
I would start by speaking with your academic counselor or advisor. They would be able to review your history and guide you to scholarships for which you might qualify.
Victor is absolutely correct about volunteering. Find an area that you are passionate about (whether it relates to your desired field or not) and volunteer. When I am reviewing applications to my program, those students always stand out. It is also a good opportunity to make connections. Who knows, you could become friends with someone in that organization who is in the field that you are considering and might end up being an amazing mentor for you.
I also agree with Victor about joining groups/organizations at your school. Those things also stand out on a resume or application!
Your school likely has a career center that can help you put together a professional resume for no cost to you.
Brandon is right on track with his comments on a career change...when you feel something isn't "right" for you, it probably isn't. Even a position that is very challenging and takes up a LOT of your time without a big financial incentive, can still be very rewarding (^see University professor).
Best of luck!

MANDY recommends the following next steps:

Talk to your academic advisor
Contact your career center on campus
Volunteer!
Join an organization
Meet LOTS of people
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Baljit’s Answer

Hi Alexa,
To receive more scholarships- try searching online and apply. No harm in trying. Also ask the school you are attending for more info on the scholarships they offer. I also found that Pinterest has a lot of information on grants and scholarships too. Pinterest actually has all the links provided too.

To make you resume stand out for internships list the courses that you have done as well. You could take courses with Cousera, EdX, and Udemy. The courses they offer are varied too and should apply to whatever you are studying.

Mentorships are important as they give you that special edge in experience and knowledge. It's a great route to take as its make you stand out even more with your resume. Finding mentors in the field you are in or even just something that you might consider studying in the future would also work out well. Ask your school whether they offer mentorships (maybe a teacher/ professor)

The right time to change your career would be after you gain some experience in the field you want to go into. You could research the other field you want to change into while you are working in the other field. Gaining the work experience would be a benefit to checkout what the new field could offer you.
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Victor’s Answer

Hello Alexa,

A few recommendations to help your resume stand out is by listing your accomplishment and key skills in your area of study. If you feel you dont have a lot of accomplishments, you could do internships or join clubs in your university relevant to your field of study. Also, you could try volunteering. This also could help you obtain more scholarships, a lot of organizations are looking for leaders who have volunteer experience. Hope this helped.
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Michelle’s Answer

Make sure to add any volunteer experience or awards onto your resume. Volunteering makes you stand out. Create a LinkedIn and really build it up. Link your LinkedIn into your resume, so anything that is missing in your resume, recruiters can see in your LinkedIn. To gain more scholarships, go to your school scholarship website. Georgia state offers a lot of scholarships for different majors! For some you just have to have a specific gpa.
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