Gaining experience is an important way to explore and learn skills in your field, apply your classroom learning to real-world problems, develop skills that cross-disciplines (like communication, collaboration, and critical thinking).
"Ask what do you want now, to free yourself from thinking about the limitations of the technology and let your imagination take you to what things do you want to have done, what problems do you want to solve." - Andra Keay, managing director, Silicon Valley Robotics
- Reflect on your values, interests, and skills
2. Explore majors, careers, and opportunities out there
3. Make connections by going beyond advertised opportunities and being proactive
The Office of Undergraduate Research and the Center for Career Development recommends this 3 part strategy.
Internships, co-ops, and research opportunities can have different “definitions” depending on the position – any experience that allows you to gain transferable skills, learn what professionals in your field do, and help you determine what’s next is what you should look for in an opportunity.