Preparing for the Real World at Career Boot Camp

Preparing for the Real World at Career Boot Camp

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Christian Holm
March 10, 2015

As The Washington Center approaches the half way point of the semester, many students are anticipating the impending reality of joining the workforce. Career boot camp is here to help.


Career boot camp is a one day workshop that sharpens interviewing skills and helps students make themselves more marketable entry level job candidates. In addition to career boot camp, students will take time throughout the semester to work with TWC’s career services department to perfect their resumes, build their LinkedIn profiles and practice interviewing skills.


This semester’s boot camp saw students attending a newly restructured boot camp, featuring multiple rotating “modules” in which every student attends a mini workshop to learn the basics of navigating your career. Whether it’s learning how to answer the tough questions in an interview, dressing appropriately or doing research on the company you are interviewing for, career boot camp had it covered.


“I wish that more people at my home university had this opportunity. Sometimes you have to be pushed to learn career skills,” said Anna Dietderich, a junior at St. Lawrence University, N.Y.


Undergraduate students often devote their focus throughout the semester toward academics, sometimes neglecting the basic career building skills that are vital to getting that first job out of college. Jessica Woodie, a junior at Elon University, N.C explained how she thinks knowing how to catch your future employer’s attention will be the difference maker in getting the job.


“Learning how to ask the right questions is something new I’ve learned. We always assume that interviews exist for employers to ask all the questions, but learning about your future employer is just as important.”

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