Building your resume while in school is so beneficial in many ways. Employers are looking for you to be experienced and involved. If they see you have experience going into that related field you are going to have an advantage over a candidate who doesn’t. Certificates also make you look more qualified for jobs. You could get a google analytics certification, different research certifications online, obtain different licenses based on what you’re going to school for and what your future career will be. Getting an internship is a great way to gain personal hands-on experience doing what you want to in the future.
For my resume builder, I chose to do an internship with the consignment store Elite Repeat. I chose to do this internship to get experience in a self-owned and ran business. I felt the tactics and strategies I learned there would help me in my future. I helped the owner with everyday tasks running a small business.
I worked at Elite Repeat once a week for about 3-4 hours. This was an unpaid internship while working 2 jobs and going to school full time, it’s really all I could fit into my schedule. When I went in I would help I helped sell clothes, put clothes away, price clothes, how to effectively put out displays and we even brainstormed together on clever captions to put with photos for her Facebook page. I have learned so much through my time here that I will take with me in my future.
I accomplished learning multiple things here such as what to position certain things that are in higher demand and how to market them. I learned how to interact with a different market of people. I’m proud of these accomplishments since I gained more knowledge then I had before and now have a better competitive edge over other applicants for jobs. I did encounter a few challenges during this internship. My boss was very stubborn and close-minded. I was trying to help her reach a new younger target market and the ideas I had, she would just shut them down and not take them into consideration. Although she was very inflexible with my ideas, I learned how to overcome situations working with a boss such as this one.
Right now I’m in a retail management class at Western. I feel that I learn things in both settings that I can apply to either class or work. I use the skills I learn in my retail class to interact with customers at Elite Repeat. In all of my courses really at Western, we discussed the 4 Ps of Marketing. Product, Place, Price, and Promotion. In my internship, I really got the opportunity to bring this topic to life. Getting to experience hands-on knowledge of all of these.
From this internship I gained a lot of experience in running a small business, different pricing and placement strategies, promotional tools, more customer service experience and the chance to work with some different people. The benefits are that I received so much knowledge that I know will help me in my future career. I learned how to better communicate with a different age range of customers so I think that will really help me in my future connecting with a broad spectrum of people. From working here and having my boss kind of let me take the reins on some things, I think it helped me gain more self-confidence and made me feel that I was appreciated for my work. It really helped a lot to gain this confidence, so now it won’t be so hard to talk to potential employers and other people I need to communicate with.