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Career Services at SJR State

The purpose of this guide is to help you identify companies for a job search, find job openings in specific fields, perform background research on companies for interviews and create company lists for targeted job searches.

What is Experiential Learning?

Experiential Learning is learning by doing. David Kolb created a theory in 1984, that is represented by a learning cycle of concrete experience, reflective observation, abstract conceptualization, and active experimentation. His Experiential Learning Theory proposes that learning is a dynamic process grounded in personal experiences. This model suggests that effective learning occurs when individuals engage in a continuous cycle of experiencing, reflecting, thinking, and doing, allowing them to integrate new knowledge and adapt their actions based on the feedback received from their experiences (Kolb & Kolb, 2017). Experiential Learning enhances both cognitive understanding and practical application.

 

Micro-Internships

As the name implies, a micro-internship is like an internship … but smaller! Micro-Internships are short-term, paid, professional assignments that are like those given to new hires or interns. Unlike traditional internships, Micro-Internships can take place year-round, typically ranging from 5 to 40 hours of work, and are due between one week and one month after starting.  Employers give interns completing a micro-internship a single project to work on and complete, and the interns manage everything themselves.  Micro Work Experiences are used by companies ranging from those in the Fortune 100 to emerging start-ups, and go across departments including sales, marketing, technology, HR, and finance. 

Experiential Learning Opportunities at SJR State

Job shadowing is a learning experience where students spend time observing and learning from a seasoned expert or professional in a specific field or occupation. During a job shadowing opportunity, the participant accompanies the host or mentor throughout their daily tasks, responsibilities, and activities, gaining firsthand insights into what the profession is all about. Job shadowing goes beyond observation; it provides an opportunity to ask questions, seek guidance, and gain a deeper understanding of the skills, knowledge, and challenges associated with a chosen career path. You can find a mentor or job shadowing host by contacting businesses or organizations in the industry of your choice. You can find someone to shadow by building your network. Someone you already know may have a connection or you may be able to find someone through LinkedIn. Additionally, you can talk to your instructor about any contacts he or she may have in the industry.

Parker Dewey Micro-internships are a great way for students to gain experience. They vary in time from around 10 hours to 40 hours. Businesses set the pay scale. All Parker Dewey internships are paid. Unlike typical internships, these micro-internships are open to all students. Most of the projects are completed remotely. So, students can work with a company in a completely different state. Many students end up doing several micro-internships per year. Students make real-world connections and learn many of the soft skills that are valued in all industries. They are also able to refine hard skills specific to certain industries that make them employable immediately after graduation. This is a great option for A.A. students and other students who do not have a formalized internship built into their program of study.

Many of our students at SJR State are already participating in the workforce by holding part-time or even full-time jobs. These jobs give students valuable experience. Students should be intentional about the jobs they have while in college and try to work in an area that supports their learning for the career they will pursue after graduation. Students with jobs are learning important soft skills that will help them in any career they choose.

You can find part-time jobs and full-time jobs by registering here: College Central Network

Work-study programs can offer students many valuable benefits. Not only do these programs provide financial assistance, helping students offset the costs of tuition and other educational expenses, but they also foster the development of real-world skills and experiences. Engaging in a work-study program allows students to bridge the gap between academic knowledge and practical application, enhancing their understanding of classroom concepts while gaining hands-on experience. Work-study allows students to learn time-management skills. Such programs cultivate networking opportunities, enabling students to connect with professionals in their field, potentially leading to mentorship or future job prospects.

You can find work-study opportunities at SJR State by following this link: SJR State Job Listing. Look for the Student Employment heading.

Volunteering while in college offers students an avenue for experiential learning that extends beyond the classroom. By actively participating in volunteer work, students gain practical experience that complements the knowledge they are gaining at school. Through hands-on involvement, students not only apply academic concepts to real-world situations but also cultivate critical skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, and adaptability. Volunteering often exposes students to diverse communities and perspectives. This enhances their cultural competency. Volunteering can often lead to the discovery of a student’s passion for a particular industry or profession.

You can find volunteer opportunities here: Volunteer Match

As a college student, you can bridge theory with practice which will lead to personal growth, career readiness, and a deeper understanding of your chosen field. Experiential learning is an investment in your future success. Seize the opportunity, embrace the adventure, and unlock your full potential through experiential learning. What will you conquer today?