Not only students are applying for work-based learning experiences.
Most people think of internships and other work-based learning opportunities as experiences for students, but this is not true in today’s world of work.
Many employers are hiring experienced professionals as they transition into another career, or return back into the
workforce after a break due to various circumstances. These types of work-based learning opportunities have many different names including
"Returnships," and "Mid-career Internships."
How are "returnships" different from other work-based learning opportunities?
The basic work-based learning opportunity provides practical work experience and develop skills within a desired occupation
or profession. A "returnship" is similar in that it is a temporary work experience within a desired occupation or profession, but
it is specifically geared to help individuals launch back into the workforce. Traditionally employers shied away from job seekers
with employment gaps but things continue to change as they recognize the skills experienced professionals can bring to their
Steps to Getting Hired
Here are some tips for finding the right opportunity and getting the most out of your experience.
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Explore Careers and Jobs
Your path of study can lead to many options when it comes to a career and/or occupation. And, a career /occupation
is different than a job. Exploring available careers and jobs that link to your path of study can help you find a career exploration
opportunity that will empower you in your future employment. In other words, know what you want before you begin your
preparations and applications. Visit
click on "Build Your Path" to explore jobs and occupations and learn about what is right for you.
A work-based learning application requires considerable preparation just like a typical job application. The more energy and detail you put into your application process, the greater your chances are in standing out from the crowd and getting hired. Preparation includes research on the type of experience you can do, an understanding of your goals; writing customized resumes, cover letters, references; and organizing a portfolio of completed projects that demonstrate your skills.
Once you have a better idea of your interests and what occupations and jobs connect with your path of study, it's time to
start looking for an internship or other type of work-based learning experience. This is your opportunity to learn new on-the-job skills and
experience firsthand if an occupation or job is a right fit for you. What you choose can potentially save you a lot of time and
money in the future and open new doorways into the world of work you didn’t think were possible to begin with.
Browse Opportunities Now
You have now found a few career exploration opportunities that you feel would be a good match. Pull together your resume,
tailored cover letter, and any other portfolio materials you need and apply! Remember to read the requirements carefully. Any lacking
documentation will kick you out of the running.
An employer has received your application materials and is requesting an interview. Your interview is a key opportunity for you to
present yourself as organized, punctual, and professional. One way to walk into an interview well-prepared is to brainstorm responses
to some of the questions an employer might ask you beforehand. Utilize preparation tools wisely and walk into your interview with
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The follow-up work you do after an interview will solidify your strong first impression. You have worked hard in your application
process; however, there is still work to be done in pursuing a position. Every interview and prospective employer is unique, but a
simple thank you note can show that you are interested in the job without coming across as too aggressive.
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