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City of San Jose

Library Aide

June 2015 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

Schedule flexibility, great work culture

What I wish was different

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Recreation Leader

May 2016 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

I love being a positive influence in our youth’s lives and contributing to summer memories that make an impact.

What I wish was different

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Community relations coordinator

February 2019 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

Interesting, policy work

What I wish was different

Constituent work is difficult

Advice

Need to like dealing with people
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San Jose City Council Intern

April - August 2019 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

This internship gave me experiance in local government and how local public policy works. I felt as if I was doing a lot of meaningful work that really benefitted the San Jose community, such as helping organize sexual assault awareness month, and cultural events like the Indian Indepedence Day Celebration. In addition, my writing skills improved as I got the oppururnity to draft speaking points for the Councilwoman. I also loved the team, it was mostly women who were very passionate about the job we were doing.

What I wish was different

Not having an income for this internship was difficult, I felt like the work I did mattered which was nice, but having to get two other jobs to pay rent and for groceries was tough.

Advice

Dress for the job you want not the job you have!
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Employee Benefits Specialist

January 2018 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

Short commute to work Room for growth Wonderful team and boss Friends at work Flexible schedule

What I wish was different

Better pay Less stress

Advice

Get experience ASAP! The more experience you have when you graduate the better. Take everything as a learning experience.
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Engineer Intern

February 2017 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

Everyone is very supportive in helping you grow.

What I wish was different

I wish that I had more projects thrown my way!

Advice

It was an amazing experience to meet so many people in the city and see how the city operates when given projects. It's a great opportunity!
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Civil Engineering Intern

June 2018 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

Close to school. Learned a lot. Everyone was very nice

What I wish was different

More pay

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Senior Recreation Leader

December 2013 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

What I wish was different

I wish I had been working with a team that I was more familiar with and who were more familiar with practices and policies of the organization.

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Student Intern

June - August 2018 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

I was able to work in the Storm Section of Public Works where we were starting the construction phase of a Storm Pump. I was able to work on the RFIs and Submittal log based on my previous experience with the City. I was also able to get involved with the construction meeting and take meeting minutes and prepare the paper work for each meeting. And going out to the site each week was the best part because you got to see the work happen.

What I wish was different

I wish I had a longer time to see the end of the construction happen.

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask for guidance if you don't know what or how to do something. Everyone does it differently. And also carry a note pad and pen with you when talking with your boss so you don't forget what they tell you to do when you get back to your desk.
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Recreation leader

May 2017 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

It was a very flexible high paying job.

What I wish was different

I wish that I was able to get more hours.

Advice

It's a great experience and it comes with good benefits.
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Graphic Design Intern

July 2018 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

It's a job that I can use for experience in order to get jobs in the future

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Recreation Leader

May - August 2018 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

I liked that I had the opportunity to work with kids and make their experience as great as can be, while also working with gang involved youth during the night times at several community centers throughout the city.

What I wish was different

The only aspect I wish would have been different would be some of the problems we had with homeless people and some of the youth acting out at night and dealing with the police a bit more than we would have liked.

Advice

I would say to go into this type of work with an open mind and open eyes as this position takes a lot of patience, understanding, and self-control. People may make fun of you, tease you, or act out because they simply do not know any better, but you must stay calm and controlled for this type of work.
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Graduate Intern

February - May 2018 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

The whole team at Department of Transportation

What I wish was different

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Recreation Leader

June 2017 - August 2018 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

I loved working with children and taking a larger role this summer than the previous summer.

What I wish was different

I wish that my managers had more experience.

Advice

When being the new employee at work, do not be shy just dive right in by bringing a lot of eager energy.
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