By Lupe Cruz, senior in ABE
It is now October in the school year. That, combined with the fact that I am a senior, means I will have to get my game face on and tackle this year hard. It’s ironic that some people think the term “senior-itis” means more of a relaxed year. To me it’s the year where I decide what I want to do with my future, because this is the season of résumé editing, career fairs, and interviewing.
I have just finished my summer with a business management internship, and it was a great learning experience. I went over profit and loss statements, daily operating revenue reports, and there was something new every day because of all the customers to satisfy. However, I don’t plan on going back to the company because I want to pursue something else in the construction industry. Because of that, I went into this school year knowing that I would have to work hard to try and catch the eyes of recruiters, whether it be online or at on-campus career fairs. In the College of ACES, I fully utilize our career resources, and I recommend them to anyone needing advice or assistance. I’m able to get professional opinions on my résumé and see what needs to be edited and how I need to present myself to employers.
I thoroughly enjoy going to career fairs because I am a social person and love meeting new people. I know a face-to-face conversation with a big company might scare some people, but I personally love it. [Side note: it’s beneficial for me to speak with many different companies as well, because the more companies I speak with, the better my “elevator pitch” becomes.] I was able to land a few interviews from the career fair, which is something I was really excited about. Those respective interviews went very well in my opinion; I kept eye contact, sat up straight, and the interviews had a more personal atmosphere rather than an employer-candidate one. Although if I’m being honest, I do need to work on my phone-interviewing capabilities. I had one that was a bit difficult for me because I could not read any body language.
The University of Illinois has treated me very well. These past four years I made life-long friends, unforgettable memories, and significantly enhanced my knowledge and learning. The job hunting and interviewing I have done has set into reality that this is my last year here. I am about to embark on my next journey, and as I take these next steps in my life, I can confidently say I am excited for what the future will bring.