For students and professionals, it’s important equip yourself with the right tools to take to a job or internship. Being prepared will allow you to feel confident and ready for whatever tasks are thrown your way. Make sure you have these five professional items before you start this school year.


Whether you’re embarking on the job search, or starting a new job or internship, keeping a professional planner is a helpful way to stay on top of upcoming deadlines, vacation days, and important meetings. Keep all of you work-related notes in one organized planner to hold yourself responsible for finding or maintaining that dream job.


Not all pens are created for the professional world. However, Zebra STEEL pens are designed with style, strength and professionalism in mind. The Zebra STEEL F-701 is an all metal, stainless steel ballpoint retractable pen making it the perfect writing instrument for note-taking, interviews, and a professional setting. For all your professional writing needs, check out Zebra’s STEEL line of pens, in addition to the sleek and stylish Sarasa Grand.

Bluetooth Headphones

Bluetooth headphones are perfect for getting work done in coffee shops, bookstores, or other public places. They’re also great for the daily commute and relaxing before interviews on public transportation. Listening to career-related podcasts on your lunch break or even at the gym can be a great way to supplement your learning – and impress your boss.

USB Drive

Keep and save your hard work by using a USB drive. If you’re a student, keep a USB or hard drive to save extra copies of papers, assignments, and study material. At work, use a USB to gather portfolio materials and other work-related examples along with your resume. This will allow you to access your files anywhere.


Though it may seem simple, carrying a notebook or journal is a great way to make a good first impression. Take notes in an interview, and every day at company meetings. Hand writing notes has been proven to help students retain information better than writing on a laptop of tablet. It’s also important to keep in mind that sometimes unfortunately, technology does fail us however if you take care and hold onto a notebook, you may keep those notes forever.