Synopsis: Most of you know that internships and on-the-job training are part of the college curriculum. Here’s how you can get your fire engineering experience.
Most fire engineering internships occur at the end of the college curriculum, which means that students must be prepared to find their working positions one or two semesters before internship season. Many students do this at the midnight hour, which prompts them to choose jobs that they do not enjoy or positions that are not helpful to their field of studies.
Finding a fire engineering job, especially as a college student, can be difficult. With the lack of positions open and lots of college writing tasks to do, it’s hard to find such a position. Even companies are turning down interns due to the overcapacity in their offices. Aside from that, companies want to work with talented students, as opposed to ones who just want to get their internships over and done with.
How can students get into the job pool?
The only way you can succeed is by working hard before you even get the job. Many people think it is okay to have a great resume, the right connections, and the ideal profile; however, that is not what employers want. They want hard-working, skilled, and capable interns. Remember, you are not applying for a regular job. You are applying for an opportunity.
What can students do to increase their chances of landing a job?
1. Research the kind of work you plan on applying to.
Before deciding to apply as an intern to any company that offers the position, you must first check and see what kind of work experience you are looking for. Just having work hours on your grade card is not enough. You need to have the right type of experience under your belt in order to qualify for the actual job you want when you graduate.
2. Study the companies you want to work in.
Once you have chosen the type of field you want to apply to, you should start listing down possible companies you want to work for. Of course, the top of your list should be your dream work place. Do ample research for all of the companies you are applying to; not just your first choice. Find out who the top boss is, who you will fall under, and how the application process usually works. Aside from that you must also apply to less challenging jobs first so that you can practice your trial and error for the Top 1 on your list.
3. Visit credible job-seeking sites.
Once you are done filing applications for your original list, look through sites like JobStreet and look for openings in companies related to your field of study. There is a small chance that you may not get hired on your original list, so it is best to widen your range and check out every option at your disposal. It is important not to look for jobs at sites like Craigslist. Not only is it unsafe, you also do not have any assurance that you will be credited for your work experience hours.
4. Use social media to find jobs.
A surprising trend that has been happening nowadays is that companies are publishing their job posts on social media. Many creative companies use Instagram, while private companies utilize Facebook. Corporations also use LinkedIn to post jobs. The reason for this is that it helps companies conduct background checks faster. It also lets them reach a wider pool of talent. Even if you are still a student, it is best to work on your LinkedIn account and clean up your social media profiles to increase the chances of getting hired.
5. Write a resume that looks like you are ready for an actual job.
Maybe you have never worked a day in your life, or maybe you worked part-time as a student. Even then, you must arrange your resume in a way that will make you look like you are capable of getting the internship position. Without experience, you can write down your capabilities, skills, and assets. If you have trouble writing a great resume, you can visit resume writing sites and see if they can help.
6. Ask around for openings.
One other avenue you can take is direct inquiries through classmates, family members, and friends. Who knows? One of them might know of an opening or can help you get in touch with a company that you want to work for. The right connections might be hiding in plain sight. Take charge and talk to everyone you know so you can find the right opportunity. If none are available, you may want to look into the companies that your acquaintances are already working at and apply on your own.
7. Go directly to employers.
Direct applications and walk-ins are a risk, but doing nothing will yield you nothing as well. Many companies still entertain direct hires when they are not busy. The best season to send an application is during the end of their human resources review. By then, there will be positions open, even if it’s not for interns. Just look your best, be ready for a surprise interview, and make sure that you do not forget your resume. You may or may not get an interview, but the important thing is that you submitted a physical resume, which may count more than a digital one.
8. Visit the school career services center.
Your next option is to ask for help from the school. Most universities employ career service centers for graduating students. However, you can still ask for advice on how you can get an internship. They may even have positions ready for students who apply early. Just make sure that you have done the necessary steps, like preparing a resume, practicing for your job interview, and building self-confidence to get the job when you start applying.
9. Start a small business.
If an office job does not suit you, you can opt to start your own business. These days, even junior high students can start businesses. What more can college students achieve with their experience and connections, right? Although it may end up being lots of work in the beginning, you have more flexibility when it comes to your work experience and you can have a better-looking portfolio for your future job. Who knows? You may even end up continuing your business if it turns out to be a raging success.
10. Network at job fairs and business events.
Universities usually have job fairs and alumni events. Those events are open to students who want to connect with professionals. During job fairs, employers are directly looking for interns or employees. In alumni events, you can connect with established schoolmates by impressing them with your charm and intelligence. These types of events are designed to prepare you for the real world. However, it can also be a chance for you to be part of the real world immediately.
It may be hard at first, but sooner or later you will find the fire engineering internship or on-the-job training that fits you best. The best part is that you have the opportunity to get the job permanently, not just as an internship.