Category:Ask the Coach

Below are the coach's responses to previous Ask the Coach questions. The coach responds to as many questions as possible and posts the responses to the blog for the benefit of everyone who follows TheCampusCareerCoach!


What Can I Do To Get Internship-Like Experience Before Re-Matriculating in My Degree Program?

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Markl from Cuesta College asks: “I graduated with my Associate of Arts degree, but was forced to leave school due to illness before I could complete my Bachelors in Biology. After 2 years, I want to reapply for University, but I am unsure of the exact field I want to study.  I have looked into internships, however I am unsure of how, or if I can partake given that I am not enrolled in college.  Is there anything out there for someone in my position? How would you suggest I start?  Can I do an internship without being enrolled in … / Read more »




How I Can Land a Job Requiring a Specific Degree Type Even When I Don’t Have the Preferred Degree?

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Rhonda from University of Maine asks: “I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business with concentration in Healthcare, Business Management and Health and Wellness. I have reviewed various available jobs along with each position’s qualification.  It seems some of the openings require a specific degree. Can I apply for jobs that are asking for a degree that doesn’t specifically match mine?” Thanks for your question, Rhonda.  The simple answer to your question is, “Yes, you can”. Consider that I have degrees and background in sports management, yet I was able to land employment as a trainer and career coach after doing … / Read more »




How Can I Write a Winning Cover Letter?

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Megan from National University asks: “I need help writing a cover letter including some ideas on how to write one. I currently serve as an intern and this company is hiring.  However, their hiring process for internal candidates is not as formal as with an outside applicant.  How can I put together a winning cover letter?” Thanks for your question, Megan.  Cover letters take valuable time to write.  Let’s face it: no one wants to write a cover letter.  Are cover letters even necessary in today’s job market?  The answer is “Yes”, but only if the cover letter is well … / Read more »




How Can I Find a Full-Time Job in Physical Therapy in a Challenging Market?

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Sally from Daytona State College asks: “I graduated with honors in 2001 with an A.S. Degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant, I am currently employed PRN (pro re nata or “as needed”) with two companies locally and neither has work for me now.  Do you think the local market is flooded?  A local employment recruiter believes this to be the case.  Why is it so difficult for someone with 15 years of experience to find full-time or even part-time work in this area?  I have updated my resume and gone through a program at CareerSource Flagler/Volusia, and yet I rarely … / Read more »




How Can I Compete for a Summer Internship as a Freshman Student?

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Celine from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) asks: “So, I’m in my freshman year studying graphic design.  However, I’m more into character design when it comes to digital arts, so I think that I should switch to animation or illustration. My parents are telling that I should get a summer internship in order to get an idea of what career I might want to do in the future, but I’m feeling conflicted. I agree on the part of getting experience from the internship, but I don’t think a freshman like me who still has yet to discover what her … / Read more »