Hey ladies! I hope this letter finds you well. We have had the opportunity to meet many of you over the last few weeks, and let’s just say we are SOOO excited about what the rest of this semester will bring. Last month we held our first resume workshop, and through conversations, many of you mentioned that you did not have much experience to add to your resume or that the experience you did have did not relate to your current major. Well, I am here to tell you that you are in a perfectly okay position.
In the words taken from Zechariah 4:10,
“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.”
In this scripture, it mentions a plumb line which is an instrument that is used in the initial phases of constructing a home or building. In order to build the structure properly, a carpenter has to first begin with the preliminary steps. And this has never been so true for most of us when starting our career journeys.
This is what the IWN experience is all about! We are here to aid you in beginning the process to obtain interships that you need to gain experience in your field of interest. This experience will help you build your career portfolios and ultimately help you achieve career excellence.
When I began my career journey to be an epidemiologist, I was in the first year of my masters program, and I barely understood what being an epidemiologist entailed. After taking a few courses, I realized I needed to get an intership in order to really understand the details of the position. After getting my first internship opportunity working with the Coastal Health District in Savannah, GA, I was able to add the experience to my resume which helped me to secure a position as a research assistant for my professor/mentor.
Working as a research assistant really started to open doors that I did not even know existed. And before I knew it, I had an opportunity to complete my practicuum experience at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). From there, I got a fellowship opportunity at the CDC in 2017 right after I completed my practicuum. I have been at the CDC now for over 5 years working in varies departments and growing in my career.
As you can see, I started out very small and began to walk through the necessary steps to get where I am now. So once again, don’t despise or feel that you are not in a good position regarding your career. You are only at the beginning and what an exciting position to be in! You will grow, and we are here to help. If you are concerned about where you are currently or just want to talk about the process, please book an online consultation with us by clicking the button below. As always, we look forward to our next chat.
Ashley and Cindi :)