Getting the experience to land the job

I am a freshman in college studying either Computer Engineering or possibly Computer Science. I have looked for a job everywhere to get experience but every job requires certificates and experience. Any advice on how to get some experience or where to get a job that doesn't require certificates?
posted by Arlette M, Avondale, AZ on November 14, 2013

Answer by Egirl Team

Hi Arlette.

It is great that you are asking this question now.  Basically, college is designed to help give you that experience, but you will need to work to make the most of it.  Absolutely check in with your school career office.  Let them know that you are specifically looking for internships that can give you experience in your field.  Internships are some of the most valuable things you can do in college so look for any opportunities.  You might even contact local companies that interest you directly and ask if they would consider a summer intern. In the absence of internships you can also get experience and fill out your resume by looking for volunteer opportunities.  You may not get paid for these, but it can be deeply satisfying to work on something you care about, and then be able to put it on your resume and discuss your contribution with future employers who will be impressed with your abilities and initiative.  Good luck!