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August 10, 2011


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I think people need to rethink what "intern" means. Many people have gone back to graduate school well after age 25, and lots of different programs (the best ones, in my opinion) require at least one practicum or intern experience. It doesn't imply that it's an inexperienced young person anymore. I think it's perfectly practical for experienced workers. It's a great way to get your foot in the door, during the interview you explain it as an opportunity you chose to persue to build relationships and get an in-depth look at a certain agency/field, and it shows you are a go-getter who always wants to be learning. It certainly looks better than having a gap.

I have heard s few times that people that are hiring aren't even looking at those that have been out of work for six months or more. I think today you'd better keep busy. A sad state of affairs. i unfortunately know people that think the kinds of jobs they lost a couple of years ago will once again be offered to them. I don't think that is so and it's time for a reality check for those people.

I have been out of professional work for almost 2 years now. Being out of work so long I can't afford to intern or volunteer. I work 40 hours a week in supervisory retail role but that means nothing to an engineering world. I certainly believe that employers aren't even looking at the resumes of those who are out of work. I've applied to hundreds of jobs and only received 4 phone calls. My husband (who is currently working) has applied to 4 jobs in 2 months, had 2 phone interviews, and one offer. We are both engineers from the same school.

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