If you’re anything like me, you have a hard time making up your mind. I often find a way to make even little decisions, like which servery I should go to for dinner, much more complicated than they need to be. This makes even bigger ones, like what to major in or what I want to do after I graduate, even harder for me to make. Thankfully, Rice offers a variety of resources for students like me, who are still figuring it all out.
The career center is a great place to visit if you’re looking for an internship, need help writing a cover letter and editing your resume, or are looking for more information on a specific career path that you’re interested in. One program in particular that I had the chance to participate in earlier this year is their “Externship Program”. During winter break and spring break, Rice alumni offer shadowing sessions for current Rice students that are interested in working for specific companies or are looking to learn more about a certain career field. The career center allows students to apply to these 1-3 day shadowing opportunities and then matches you to an alum based on your interests. From architecture, to finance, to consulting, to law, there are a plethora of opportunities for students to explore!
I was interested in learning more about a career in finance/economics, and was able to shadow a Rice alum who works for Southwest Airlines. In the two days that I spent at their headquarters in Dallas, I had the chance to meet with people from various departments within Southwest, got a behind-the-scenes tour of Love Field airport, and learned more about what a future career in that field would look like.
I really enjoyed this experience, and felt like I walked away from it with a much better understanding of what a career in finance/economics entails. Additionally, it was great getting to speak to the alum about his memories from Rice, as well as seek his advice on what steps I should take in order to prepare for the future.
Rice offers one-of-a-kind resources for its students who are looking to learn more about what paths they could take after graduation. There are so many opportunities at your fingertips when you’re an Owl, and being able to have experiences like this is why I am so grateful to call Rice home!