As discussed before, Northeastern has this wacky Co-op program in which you take classes for 6 months and then work for 6 months. This gives students the advantage of real-world experience and a killer resume for after graduation at the expense of attending school for an extra year at the benefit of only having to pay tuition for when you are in classes. (Yes Virginia, that was a run-on sentence.)
This semester signifies the last time I will choose a co-op. Yup, this is number 3. The big finale. Will he get a job or be doomed to live in his parents’ attic alone forever? Maybe not that dramatic but I’m listening to the Dark Knight soundtrack so give me some slack.
Part of the process of finding a new co-op is to speak with your co-op advisor and discuss your goals, details of what types of jobs fit you, etc. When I spoke with my advisor, who is a pretty cool dude, he told me there may not be a job fit for my skills and level of abilities. o.o -.-
Generally, I avoid smileys and whatnot in my writing but I really wanted to emphasize that point. No one wants to trust an intern with the responsibilities I’m prepared for. Going out on a limb here, that sucks! Lucky for me, part of my goal for this co-op is to find a potential full-time employer. This could be a six-month training period.
Anyway, being a resourceful guy, my advisor told me he would reach out to some of the college’s contacts and see what was available but not posted. We also discussed returning to my last co-op/current part-time job. While this is an option, it really depends on what knowledge I can get out of it and if taking a full-time position is 1. in the cards and 2. in anyway useful in furthering my career.
Getting old is tough. For any of you not in college yet, find something right now that will keep you thinking like a 5-year old. You may get a posting on FML or MLIA but it’s totally worth it. 15 minutes of fame on the Internet can last a lifetime.
In closing, I look good in red. Check it out. -buttdance, buttdance- (http://www.homestarrunner.com/vcr_hs.html for those who do not know.)