Preparing for the Real World

Elisa Magana- Audiffred, career connections coordinator, discusses the many opportunities and events that the Career and Alumni Connections Office puts on for Lynn students.

In a 2018 LinkedIn Skills Report, 57 percent of people rated soft skills as more important than technical skills. Skills such as communication, leadership, problem- solving and teamwork can be learned through an internship and utilized beyond that experience.

“We have different events throughout the year, for example, mock interviews with real employers, webinars, recruiting events, mentoring events with alumni (Knight Time Mentoring) and industry meetups,” said Magana-Audiffred.

Having an internship before graduation benefits students in the working environment while also building a professional network. There is a one in 16 chance of securing a job by connecting with people, making networking a critical component to landing a job.

“There are many internship positions that still need to be filled,” said Magana- Audiffred. “We also have different resources in our MyLynn page, our career coach Bob has developed five-minute videos that can help you perfect your resume, create a cover letter, set up your LinkedIn profile and many more.”

Stopping by the Career Connections Office or sending an email is the easiest way to find out about available internships, jobs or networking events.

“We encourage students to come in as early as their freshman year! The earlier they come in, the better we can prepare them for their future career,” said Magana-Audiffred.

There are many exciting and upcoming virtual events. Accessing them is easy: check out lynn.edu/career-and-alumni- connections or visit the Office of Career and Alumni Connections on the Christine E. Lynn University Center’s second floor.

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