At the W. Scott Amey Career Center, it’s our mission to empower students to be major contributors to their local and global community. We aim to do this by providing access to holistic personal and professional development. Today, meet Aashis Luitel, a 2020 alum with a master’s degree in Cybersecurity from GW’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, who landed a position at Microsoft.
- What is something you learned about the job/internship search process that you didn’t know before?
- Do the network, connect with as many professionals and recruiters as you can. While doing so, you can filter out the individuals from your dream company. If you want to work for Microsoft, connect with the people who work for Microsoft. Ask them questions on how to get in and what the culture looks like at Microsoft. There are several ways to connect with people: you can use Linkedin as an example, search for the company and look at the people who work there. Then, send a request with a note explaining why do you want to get connected. After networking, be well prepared for the job interviews. If you think you see a job posting that might fit into your background, then make sure you carefully highlight those very essential things in your resume. If the job qualifications ask to have at least one coding knowledge, then make sure you know how to tackle those questions in the interview. There will always be a behavioral question that will be asked sometime during the interview process; these questions sound easy but can be very challenging- prepare those beforehand. Do some mock interviews that boost your confidentialities.
- How was the SEAS Careers Team useful during your job search process?
Amber helped me by pointing some flaws in my resume. Beside that the team also offered me to have mock interviews.
- What advice would you give to current SEAS students?
As I highlighted earlier, do plenty of networking! I read data that says about 70% of the jobs are filled without even advertising – if you have a good network, the chances are you might get recommended from that network to the hiring team. Use LinkedIn, get premium service and send messages to recruiters. Don’t afraid to approach “Big” companies. Ask for help in resume writing to the school career team.