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B A 353/653 Internship in Business Assignment #1 Assignment #1.docx Page 1 of 3 Completing this assignment will help you will lay groundwork for your current and future job searches. Read Chapters 1 through 4 of the textbook, complete the actions noted below, and insert your answers beneath each of the following questions. Submit your completed file (as a Word doc or pdf) on Canvas. 1. Google yourself. a. Describe the first page of results that actually relate to you. One of the very first pages I saw that relate to me was my Linkedin profile page. It had basic information about me in the highlights such as my name, major, and college I attend. When I click on the link, it takes me to my full page that contains a detailed description of me, my professional skills and experiences, as well as certifications I have completed and languages I speak. b. Do the results you found online enhance your brand? Would you hire yourself based on the results you found? Why or why not? I believe that the results I found online do enhance my brand because it contains valuable information about my personal and professional career interests and experiences. I would hire myself based on the results I found because the results display a hard-working, creative, and curious individual who is always striving to gain more knowledge and take on new challenges and experiences. c. If you found (or were to find) any information that you would like to have removed, how might you go about removing it? If I were to find any information that I would like to have removed, I would remove my unprofessional profile pictures that I had uploaded to my social media accounts when I was really young by logging into my account, going on settings, and removing my profile picture. Specifically, I would remove my Pinterest profile picture because I was ten years old, and I feel that it diminishes my professional capabilities. d. How might you improve your online profile to make you more desirable to a potential employer? In other words, what steps could you take to expand your professional presence on the internet? I might improve my online profile by updating all my information to include the work that I am currently working on in my internship. I could improve my professional presence on the internet by posting more and engaging with more posts on LinkedIn. Additionally, I could update the website that I designed myself to showcase my technical skills in a more creative format. 2. Following the instructions in the textbook, arrange one 10-minute practice interview with a person in your workplace who shares your enthusiasm for any topic unrelated to work. a. According to the textbook, what is the purpose of a practice (aka pleasure) interview? According to the textbook, the purpose of a practice interview is " to get used to talking with people for enjoyment " , and to " penetrate networks " . Provide the name, job title, phone number and email address of the person you interviewed? (Please let the person know that Professor Toprac may be contacting them.)
B A 353/653 Internship in Business Assignment #1 Assignment #1.docx Page 2 of 3 Name: Yash Varma Job Title: Network Operations IT Intern Phone number: 281-624-9638 Email: [email protected] b. What primary topic did you discuss? The primary topic we discussed was travelling. We both enjoy travelling and we talked about our favorite destinations, foods, cultures we have experienced, etc. c. Did you honor your word and limit the discussion to 10 minutes? Why or why not? Yes, I did because I wanted to respect his time and get the most important pieces of information in a short amount of time. d. Did you achieve the purpose of the interview? State your evidence. Yes, I did achieve the purpose of the interview because I thoroughly enjoyed carrying a casual and fun conversation with my interviewee. I learned about his favorite travel destination which was Scotland due to its ancient architecture. He also learned about my favorite destination, Amsterdam. We shared similar interests in regard to what we look for when travelling to a place such as scenery, food, and culture. e. What method (U.S postal mail, email, text, Slack, etc.) did you employ to send your interviewee a thank-you message? I used email to send my interviewee a thank-you message. f. What was easy or fun about the practice interview? What was uncomfortable? It was really fun talking about something other than work and getting to know each other more and bond on a personal level. We expressed a lot of the same interests and it was fun talking about our connections. It was a little uncomfortable getting a hold of him because he has a super busy schedule, so I didn ' t want to inconvenience him or take too much of his time. 3. Following the instructions in the textbook, arrange one 10-minute informational interview with a person in your workplace who is doing the type of work you are interested in doing. a. According to the textbook, what is the purpose of an informational interview? The purpose of an informational interview is " to find out if you'd like a job, before you go trying to get it " . b. What is the name, job title, and phone number or email address of the person you interviewed? (Please let the person know that Professor Toprac may be contacting them.) Name: Gabrielle Segura Job Title: Commercial IT Intern
B A 353/653 Internship in Business Assignment #1 Assignment #1.docx Page 3 of 3 Phone number: 512-713-9005 Email: [email protected] c. What topic(s) did you discuss? Gabrielle and I discussed the different tasks that are performed within this role as well as what she likes/dislikes the most about it. We also discussed the integration of new technologies in this role. d. Did you honor your word and limit the discussion to 10 minutes? Why or why not? Yes, I did because I wanted to be mindful of her time. Because we did the interview during our lunch break, I wanted to make sure that she had enough time to gather her belongings, get food, and eat. e. Did you achieve the purpose of the interview? State your evidence. Yes, I did achieve the purpose of the interview because I was able to gain a better insight into the Commercial IT field and learn what a typical day in the life looks like. I learned about the different tools and technologies used, what skills are essential for the job, and more. After learning more about this role, I would certainly be interested in pursuing a career in this field! f. What method (U.S postal mail, email, text, Slack, etc.) did you employ to send your interviewee a thank-you message? I used text to send my interviewee a thank-you message. g. What was easy or fun about the informational interview? What was uncomfortable? Getting a hold of my interviewee and coordinating schedules to find a time to do the interview was easy because we both had similar routines and work schedules, so I did it during my lunch break. It was very fun learning about a new field that I didn't know much about before. Although it was fun, it was also a little uncomfortable at the same time because I wanted to make sure the questions were able to capture the most amount of information and detail in a short amount of time.
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