I received my first job out of college as a result of my experience as an intern with the company. This was the exact job I had anticipated getting upon graduation from the University of Michigan where I received a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering. Most graduates with this degree end up in the oil & gas industry, or in the defense industry (mainly with the United States Navy). Being from New Orleans, and New Orleans being a major hub of oil & gas, I of course ended up working for an offshore company.
After my freshman year in Ann Arbor, a family friend told me about a major company that hires interns on a regular basis, and I jumped at the opportunity. I immediately prepared a resume and emailed it to my contact. I received a reply and an interview offer within 24 hours, and received a paid internship position within two days of my interview. I worked that summer, and came back for the next two summers as well. Upon graduation, they offered me a full-time position with a promise of promotion within one year. They fulfilled that promise. Within eight months, I received my promotion and a bump in pay.
Several of my classmates took internships at different companies in subsequent summers. They wanted to experience different aspects of our field of study, as well as travel do different parts of the country (and in some cases, the world). I, however, remained with my original company for a few reasons. First, I genuinely wanted to spend my summers at home. I was away for nine months a year for four years, and I was homesick. Second, it was cheaper to live at home. I had zero necessary expenses. I lived with my mother and did not pay for housing, groceries, or utilities. I paid only for gas and entertainment. Third, I genuinely enjoyed working for this company, so why not continue to work there? Finally, I wanted to remain loyal in order to ensure a job offer from them. The job market was not good in the spring of 2011, though naval architects fare better than most other graduates. But I wanted to be absolutely sure of an offer because I needed a job, and I wanted it to be home in New Orleans.
First Job to Current Job
My first job out of college was with the company I still work for. That first promotion was to my current position, and I hope to be promoted again within a couple years. I am very happy that I took an internship that was relevant to my field and kept with it through three summers. It led to the job I currently hold and enjoy.