Hannah Tikson

Major: International Business and FInance
Class Year: Class of 2013
Positions: Internship with Amazon

Experience it.

What Career Center services have you used?
Resume Approval, Co-op Process, Internship Interviews, Information Sessions

What first motivated you to visit the Career Center?
Initially, I came to the career center to look at different major choices within the business school and what you can do with different fields of study. I ultimately realized that in the end, it all depends on the experiences you have that will help you realize what you want to do. A couple of my classes have required career center help (such as resume and cover letter approval) and since then, I have worked with Career Center for internship interviews and co-op placements.

Do you believe this experience has made you more marketable in your future job-search?
I am positive that this experience has made me more marketable in my job-search. Not only does the experience translate well to my resume, but it also gives me something to talk about, something to relate to with other companies and show what I have learned and how these skills are transferable to a future career.

How do you feel you have benefited from using the Career Center?
The Career Center staff has always been helpful. It is often times very frustrating to get something done in a short period of time, but the Career Center has been very accommodating. For example, my co-op placement happened in a matter of days. I received a phone call to interview, I interviewed, and I accepted the position all within a week in November. The Career Center worked with me to make it happen in a short period of time.

What would you suggest to students who are beginning to consider their job or internship search?
Experience everything you can! You only are in college for four years. Do as much as you can within these four years. It is possible to co-op and still graduate on time! The real world is a completely different experience than is the classroom. So get out there and do something big - you won't regret it!

What benefit do you see from the Community Internship Program (CIP) or the Co-op Program?
Work outside the classroom is an invaluable experience and the opportunity to work for such an internationally prevalent company does not come along every day. I decided it would be a great experience for me to gain real world knowledge as well as make a lot of connections.

What made you decide to participate in the Bosch externship?
I decided to participate with Bosch because of the opportunities it would bring me as well as the marketability it would give me in the future when searching for a job, whether it be with Bosch or another company. I thought about the connections I would make as well as the experience I would get and how it would ultimately better me for the future and make me a stronger candidate for other positions.

What steps did you take in following up your participation with Bosch?
As a follow-up, I made sure to write thank-you notes to everyone in the HR office, not only because it is the professional thing to do, but also because they made me feel included like part of the team from day one and I developed relationships with everyone. I have also made sure to stay in contact with everyone in my office and up to date with the changes that are going on within the company. I was recently back in Charleston and had lunch with a few colleagues as well.

Do you feel that your follow-up and networking helped lead to your co-op with Bosch?
I most definitely feel that my networking played a part in my co-op with Bosch; however, I also think the experiences I had abroad and work experiences made my resume strong and ultimately made me a candidate for their Backstage @ Bosch event which took place in the fall and then led to them calling me back for an interview in the winter.

How much importance do you feel networking plays in a career search?
Networking is key to finding a job in this job market. In my opinion, school and a degree is an important, yet small part of the job search. I believe it is all about who you know, the experiences you have had, and the ability to market yourself as a job candidate to a company or people. Network, network, network! The more people you know, the more opportunities you have!