Alyssa Erickson Blogs

Jan 31 2014

Top 5 Things My Internship at Olsson Associates has Taught Me

By Alyssa Erickson

As I am about a month away from working at Olsson Associates for one year (crazy), I thought I would make a list of the top things my internship in Human Resources has taught me. I am sure there are many valuable things that have slipped my mind, but nonetheless here are the ones that came to mind:

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Jan 09 2014

Looking Back and Looking Forward

By Alyssa Erickson

Happy New Year, everyone! Like many others, as the new year has begun I have spent a little time reminiscing about 2013 and looking forward to 2014. Last year was filled with many new adventures and I hope to have many more this year. Speaking of new adventures, my internship at Olsson Associates has given me the opportunity to learn so much more about engineering than I ever thought I would. Recently, Olsson has also been looking at different trends for the coming year. As one of the many random tasks I have been assigned as HR intern, I was asked to do some research on market trends for the various engineering groups in our company.

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Dec 06 2013

How to be Lost and Found at the Same Time

By Alyssa Erickson

A friend of mine was recently perusing Reddit and forwarded me a thread titled, “If your life is a book, what’s the title of the chapter you’re in now?” As you might imagine, the responses to this question from the redditors were all over the map. Some examples were “How I Dug Myself into a Quarter Life Crisis” and “Still Not Studying for Finals”. While I was reading through the assortment of comments, I could not help but think about how I would title my chapter; hence, the title of my blog, “How to Be Lost and Found at the Same Time”.

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Nov 18 2013

On the Horizon

By Alyssa Erickson

“What do I want to be when I grow up?” It’s the most clichéd question students ask themselves when they first go off to college. After I picked a major I figured I would not have to ask myself this question anymore. Sadly, with only six months until graduation, I’m still unsure what I want to be when I grow up. While this does freak me out on occasion, I have decided to embrace the fact that my college experiences have given me the flexibility to go after any fulfilling career I may choose. I now know you do not have to find the “perfect” job right out of college; in fact having this goal would only prove disappointing.

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Oct 25 2013

Balancing Work, School, & Life

By Alyssa Erickson

As I’m heading into the hardest part of my school semester, I can’t help but wish I could slow down time. With classes, work, studying, and research, my weeks tend to fly by. It seems like the first week of school was just a couple days ago, but in reality I am midway through my second to last semester of college. While this is quite exciting, I need to take time to enjoy these last months of my college career. I do not want to look back on my last days of college and wish I had spent more time with people I care about.

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