Our post, Weaving Your Web and Getting Involved, focused on the ways YOU can get involved in extracurricular activities to make the most out of your experience as a UR student. Often times, career advisors meet with highly involved students who feel directionless when it comes to finding meaning and connecting their academic and extracurricular experiences. In this three-part series, we will discuss how to: connect your experiences, know your skills, and tell your story.
Telling Your Story
Storytelling is a central to human connection. We all love stories. That’s why we read books, watch movies, and binge Netflix or Hulu series. Through storytelling, events and experiences can be shared and passed on. In career contexts, storytelling is the way to brand yourself, connect to potential employers, and bring all of your experiences together.
Being familiar with your interests and experiences, understanding how your experiences connect, andknowing the skills you possess are a few of the first steps to crafting your personal story. When you have taken the time to reflect on those aspects, telling your story becomes a breeze. Interviews make for great opportunities to tell your story. If you have ever been on an interview, think back to the first question the interviewer asked… “So, tell me about yourself.”
This question is asked to get to know you and your experiences. The best way to answer this question is to tell a short story about your background including your education, interests, and past or current experiences. Even outside of the interview context, feeling confident with your response to the tell me about yourself question is important. Let’s practice!
Reflect on your experience at UR and/or high school thus far. What story can you tell? Be sure to consider the themes you came up with in the Connecting Your Experience blog. Below, you will find a sample outline to use when crafting your story.
Who am I -> Name and educational background
What are my interests -> Expand on specific interests
What are my experiences -> Expand on experiences and how experiences connect; include skills if applicable
Make the connection -> Consider how your interests and experiences connect to interviewer
As always, we are here to help. Have an interview coming up or just want to practice telling your story? Schedule an appointment with a career advisor to get the support you need. This post ends our series but be sure to check out theSpider Career Blog for more insightful career advice!