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  • Aly Seidel-Thorn 1:31 pm on August 12, 2013 Permalink
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    What to Wear? 

    My supervisor wears polo shirts, the VP of my department wears dresses, and one of the other interns wears ball caps. It can be near impossible to understand the “business casual” look, especially for women. How short can your skirt be? How high is too high of a heel? It’s 90 degrees out, do I seriously have to wear a bolero with this dress? Here are a few tips on how to navigate that tricky professional work wear.

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    • Julia Beyer 7:06 pm on August 27, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for your tips, Aly. I am including a link to this in the SOC Spot Newsletter.

  • Brittany Horowitz 6:32 pm on November 7, 2011 Permalink
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    Does this sweatshirt look professional? 

    In college, some students do not put much effort into their appearance. It’s a matter of which AU sweatshirt to wear with the most comfortable jeans. That is fine for college (even though I still cringe every time I see someone come to class in their pajama pants – impressing your professors is important too!). However, once you enter the work force everything changes, or at least you’d hope. I take pride in looking professional and put together for my internship, but there are some students who seem to forget they are no longer in their dorm rooms and in a professional setting. I have learned a lot from my past internships about what is appropriate office attire, and I think it could be helpful to share some tips:

    1. Overdressed is better than underdressed: Especially on your first day, you should arrive dressed in business attire. That means, no jeans, tank tops, sandals, t-shirts or any other article of clothing you’d be embarrassed to run into someone important in. It can be tricky to decide what to wear for the first day of work because you might not know what everyone else in the office wears, which is why it’s always safe to dress up rather than down. You don’t want to be embarrassed by your outfit, and you don’t want to make a bad first impression. Before getting the job, if you go in for an interview pay close attention to what people in the office are wearing because it’ll be a good way to see what you should wear in the future.
    2. Follow the leader: At my internship, my boss always looks put together. She never looks sloppy, and she always looks professional, which is why I put even more effort into how I present myself at work. (Side note: Clearly, I am not saying you should show up sloppy if you have a sloppy boss). She’s always ready at a moment’s notice to meet with clients and make a presentation because her job calls for such readiness. So, I have learned to come to work looking professional and ready to meet with any one if my schedule happens to change in a heartbeat. You never know who will be coming into the office or where you’ll need to go if a meeting comes up, so it is better to be prepared rather than put on the spot wearing jeans and a t-shirt. (More …)
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