So, I am about to tell you my personal story that is about my efforts to find an internship. So, after I transferred to University of Illinois, I realized that I did not visit career center quite enough during my community college years. I was so focused on working my part-time job and I was not looking for any jobs since my freshman year of college because I stayed in this job for quite awhile. Then, I transferred to university and left my comfort zone. Even though I get along with my bosses at a restaurant I worked in (that is, once I even got a free meal after quitting due my move for a university), leaving this place finally did help me to grow professionally again. However, it did not come very easy since it was a growing experience.
My first career fair and internship search
I came to my junior year with resume that was pretty outdated and not in an appealing format. I had my resume critiqued in community college. but I never came back to check in if my updates were good. Once I had critiqued again in university, I felt like a failure. How can I write a resume that bad? Needless to say, career fair in week 3 of a semester was not a best either. I have to learn how to approach them with me not believing that I am better than other. I mean, logically I know that I have a killer GPA and that I am a very smart human-being who is capable of many things, but something in me told me otherwise that semester. When it came to applying for internship positions, I actually did not even start until November. What held me up? The fear. I was polishing my resume during that time and being busy with other aspects of my life.
However, I learned that it is easy to overcome applying fear.
I mean, it takes some change in your your thinking but remember this:
You are a very smart person and you need a internship/job. If you don't apply to anything, you won't get it.
So once I finally started applying, of course it was not easy. However, some very companies were at least interested in me. I still don't have internship, but I still don't give up hope and I do have some exciting things happening very in internship search regard I will keep you updated. Just remember, clicking apply even though it does not work out is still better than doing nothing. I had to learn this the hard way. And visit career center, like many times. It does help. Good luck.