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Lauren Delpont '11

Lauren Delpont '11 describes good dental hygiene practices to elementary school children. Lauren's participation in community service, internships, and part-time jobs helped her explore and prepare for a career in dentistry. Lauren will graduate from the University of Kentucky's College of Dentistry in 2015.

Discover | Experience | Connect

“You can't get a job without experience and you can't get experience without a job, right?”

Choosing a career and preparing for it requires you to obtain experience, true, but that experience can come from a variety of opportunities. Career Development will work with you to explore the various ways to acquire experience. Here are just a few examples:

  • Internships. Transylvania allows you to receive academic credit for engaging in professional learning experiences in the for-profit, non-profit, and government sectors.

  • Research. Out-of-class research at Transylvania or at another university can greatly improve your laboratory and field skills and make you competitive for grants, scholarships, and admittance to high-ranking graduate and professional schools.

  • Community service. Working with and serving others not only benefits those in need, but allows you to learn more about possible careers and helps you gain skills from your efforts.

  • Student activities and athletics. Campus involvement is a great way to acquire skills, explore interests, develop leadership ability, and demonstrate accomplishments. Employers and grad schools prefer to see extensive commitment to fewer activities rather than casual involvement in many of them.

  • Part-time and summer jobs. Working in your uncle's sandwich shop may be fine for a summer or two, but after that finding opportunities more closely related to your career field can give you the entry-level experience needed to secure that full-time offer upon graduation.

When you have acquired some experience and are ready to find that rewarding career, you have to make the Connection.

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