“Make mistakes at ambition and not at mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.”
Internship! Internship! Internship!
Coming back from a brief winter break, all first year MBAs have put summer career at the top of their agendas. Needless to say, as an international, I have to act even faster and earlier, so I buried myself in a couple dozens of applications throughout the break but barely got any calls. Months ago, I was dreaming about that one perfect job that aligns my passion with my strengths, now I am facing a crude fact: can I land any job or not?
Confused and a little bit frustrated, I went to an international immersion workshop given by Dan Beaudry last Friday with the hope to get some enlightenment. It turned out to be a combination of old wisdom and new smarts.
The first thing I learnt well explained my poor yields - pinning too much hope on online applications. I could spend hours and hours on my cover letter, but once the “visa sponsorship” box is checked, my application package falls into the filter hole.
Next is all about the vague cliche we have been brainwashed with ever since I came to the U.S. – NETWORKING. No stranger to small talks and social nights, I seriously doubt the possibility of getting an internship through layers of networking. Should I invest my time, energy, and emotion on something seemingly so easy yet so remote? Now I know the answer is I have to.
As an international, I will have to take the tougher and unusual path, and dig underwater. I will need to send the stranger’s email and make the cold-calls, smile a true smile at the rejections, and move on! After all, what worse could it be? So, I’ve set up my SMART goals to reach out to three t0 five strangers this month from companies I have genuine interest in. I will request informational interviews from each of them and see how it goes. Challenge is part of the fun. I will report back to this post hopefully with new discoveries.