How did you find your internship or full-time position?
Being a Finance major, I initially wanted to work for Fidelity Investments in a Finance role as an intern. I applied everywhere on their website, sent multiple cover letters; I even contacted some people who had never heard of me and sent them my resume and cover letter as well. My boss had found out about me from people forwarding my resume to him. My boss is a director in Architecture (technology side of the business). One day he called me by surprise and told me who he was and that he had received my resume. We scheduled a phone interview that day and the rest happened from there.
What do you like most about your position?
Flexibility. I like that the company has given me so much room to grow. Also, Fidelity has allowed me to work out of both New Hampshire and Rhode Island at my discretion, as long as I gave fair warning! My manager offered me the position I’m in while being fully aware that I was not a CIS or Tech major. They offered me the ability to learn and practice skills that come with being a Systems Analyst. A lot of this training took place in meetings, online classes and by going to intern events.
Did anything surprise you about the interviewing process or how you located your position?
Yes! It was not what I thought it would be. All of my interviews were over the phone and quite honestly, this made me nervous. I offered to drive up to New Hampshire from RWU to meet my boss in person. Even though he told me it wasn’t necessary, I feel that it may have had an impact on my first impression. Showing that I was willing to do so proved how serious I was about obtaining the position.
Do you have any tips for other students that are considering an internship or seeking full-time employment?
Apply everywhere and get your resume out there! I did a lot of research on LinkedIn as well where I eventually found recruiters and emailed my resume & cover letters to them. When people wouldn’t answer, I would reach out a few weeks later and ask if they received my resume or even find a reason to let them know that my resume was updated. Updated resumes spark interest! Ask family and friends