Ah, room selection season… A BC rite of passage that seems to induce more unnecessary stress than, well, the anxiety of finding a job or internship. But what if we told you that, with a simple shift in mindset, you can conquer both of these stress-inducing experiences and come out as a happier roommate and a stronger candidate?
Here are 3 ways the room selection process can prepare you for a job or internship search… embrace it and you’re on your way to career success!
- Build resilience. The likelihood is that you are going to experience setbacks and disappointments in both the room selection process and the job search. Everyone I know has experienced rejection at some point in the job search process. The good news is that handling those disappointments is a skill itself — and one that employers are seeking in candidates! If you learn to handle the disappointments of the room selection process, you’ll have a great answer the next time you are in an interview and the employer asks you to tell them about a time when something didn’t go your way.
- Become more adaptable. Part of the room selection process involves making adjustments and changes along the way. Without a doubt, you will be doing this throughout your career (and life, in general), so this is a great opportunity to practice.
- Develop the skills employers are seeking. There are 8 career competencies that all employers — regardless of the industry or role you are pursuing — are seeking in entry-level candidates. The housing selection process provides opportunities to develop many (maybe even all!) of these career skills. Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving? Check. Oral Communication? Without a doubt. Teamwork and Collaboration? Yes. Professionalism. I sure hope so!
So instead of stressing your way through this housing selection cycle, try taking a new approach. If you conquer room selection, you can do anything! You’re developing skills to be a stronger, more patient job or internship candidate.
And as Rion Hallaran, MCAS ‘18 says “Room selection can be a tricky process sometimes, as can finding a job; however, applying your ability to prepare and adapt will not only alleviate the process, but leave you with a lesson you can carry with you for the rest of your life!”