How to Gain Work Experience Without a Job

Students at Minnesota School of Business-Shakopee share a common goal when it comes to their education—to obtain a career in an area of their interest once they receive their degree. In addition to working toward their own professional goals, Eric Fredrickson, a forensic accounting major, and Mariya Krasny, a marketing major, decided to work with Choice, Inc. to help others obtain their career goals.

Choice Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide adults with intellectual disabilities the opportunities and support they desire to reach their full potential in employment and personal pursuits. The organization, based in Eden Prairie, places individuals with disabilities in positions within local companies. Choice Inc. works with companies to ensure they are providing reliable and skilled candidates for the desired positions.

Eric and Mariya assisted in fulfilling the organization’s mission by working in a development role, writing grant requests on behalf of Choice Inc. The funds that are raised through their grants allow Choice Inc. to continue their work with more than 180 individuals and more than 70 business partners.Work experience

Job experience is a valuable asset to have when applying for a position with any employer. Students at Minnesota School of Business realize this importance and participate in activities that help set them apart from other job applicants:

  • Applied learning projects: As a part of many courses, students work with local businesses or organizations to fulfill a course project and directly gain skills relevant to their future career. Often times the student’s applied learning project leads to a longer commitment with the business or organization.
  • Internships/externships: With the assistance of faculty and staff at Minnesota school of Business, students are placed in positions where they work with a local business or organization. The experience can and often does lead to a job following graduation.
  • Volunteerism: Volunteering is something anyone can do to add valuable experience to their resume. Nonprofit organizations are always looking for volunteers for a variety of projects year-round.  

“Eric and Mariya serve as a great example of how college students can gain applicable work experience while still going to school,” Dick Anderson, business program chair at Minnesota School of Business-Shakopee, said. “They have been able to give back to a good cause while better preparing themselves for success in their future.

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