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At my high school, there is an abundance of opportunities for students ranging from sports, to debate, and yes, even exploring your dream occupation during the school day. This last option happens through the school-to- work class. This class is unique in that it does not accept everyone who schedules it. Students must have a teacher recommendation and fill out an application form that gets reviewed. From there, there is a small panel that decides who gets to be in the class based on responsibility, interests, and how they present themselves. The students then will either get accepted into the first half of the class, or both portions. The initial half covers how to prepare for the working world, which includes everything from writing resumes and cover letters to how to dress and prepare for an interview.

Preparing for the Interview

After getting prepared for how to get a job/internship and going over the daily “First Five,” which is when students and the teacher take time at the beginning of each class period discussing what can go wrong and how to deal with unfortunate circumstances, students get to start narrowing down where they want to put their newfound knowledge to the test. The second portion of the class is when students get to go out into the working-world and have an internship.

There is quite a variety of internships available through the program. In my case, I knew I wanted to enter the business world and through completing the assessments in Kuder Navigator®, I narrowed my focus down to marketing due to my interest in writing and the creative aspect that it offers. Once I figured out what I wanted to do, I received a list of different businesses, both for-profit and non-profit, from which I could choose. I decided to go with Kuder based on how much I would be able to do at the company, the fact that I already knew of the company and had used its products, and its proximity to my home. Once I decided that I wanted an internship at Kuder, I had to schedule an interview.

When the day arrived, after getting dressed according to the requirements I had learned in class (neutral colors, conservative dress, and having a statement piece that helps you stand out) I was ready for my interview. I tried to present myself as calm and confident as I stepped in the door and was greeted. As soon as I met my interviewers I felt more relaxed and let my guard down a bit, which I know is necessary in order to appear relatable in an interview.

Once it was over and I had left, I crossed my fingers that they would like me and accept me into the Kuder family. The following week I received an acceptance letter and a beautiful bouquet of flowers. When I arrived on my first day I was welcomed and introduced to all of the employees and learned about what my tasks will include in the coming months. In the coming weeks and months I will be sharing more experiences and insights about my internship.

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About The Author

Sarah Fields

Sarah Fields was a School-to-Work intern at Kuder from 2014 to 2015. She is now a Junior at the University of Iowa. Her Kuder assessment results and internship experience affirmed her decision to major in marketing with a certificate in event management. Sarah is a marketing a ... read more