An internship could lay the foundation for your dream job – Look for an internship today

Make the decision ‘future you’ will thank you for

At some point or another we have all been told that our college years will be our most enjoyable – that may or may not be true, but one thing is for certain: they are the foundation for the rest of our lives. Keep that in mind because not everybody does.

 

Make the decision ‘future you’ will thank you for

At some point or another we have all been told that our college years will be our most enjoyable – that may or may not be true, but one thing is for certain: they are the foundation for the rest of our lives. Keep that in mind because not everybody does.

Before we discuss why you should do an internship, let’s first take a look at what an internship actually is.

What exactly is an internship?

First of all, it is definitely not the same as a part-time job or volunteer work – internships include a defined learning objective. Internships are also:

  • Within your area of study;
  • Include a supervisor who provides guidance, assessment and feedback;
  • Can be repeated experiences or one-time-only;
  • Can be paid or unpaid; and/or
  • Can be for credit or not for credit.

Now that you know how to identify an internship and what to expect, let’s explore WHY you should do an internship. Here are the 6 definitive reasons you need to do an internship:

1)        You can make industry contacts
What you know has always been important, but WHO you know is almost equally important. Internships give you the chance to build a list of industry-based contacts who know you on a personal level. Often enough, this proves to be the leg-up over the competition required when securing jobs after graduation.
Graduate Careers Australia’s (GCA) annual Australian Graduate Survey (AGS) revealed that 7.1% of graduates who started in full-time employment in 2014 or 2015 first found out about their employment through work contacts or networks.

2)        You can ‘beef up’ your resumé
You’d have most likely heard the running joke about graduating at 26 but needing 30 years of experience to qualify as a job candidate in interviews. Sadly, there is some truth to this – as much as you might achieve stellar grades – employers will also expect to see relevant experience. Experience on your resume will add to your competitive advantage, thus setting you apart.

3)        You can put classroom knowledge into practice – and build on it!
Despite the popular belief that internships are all photocopying and coffee runs – at least they shouldn’t be – an internship is not just a way to earn a little extra or to kill time. During an internship, you have the unique opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice in the real world under actual conditions. Additionally, you get to build on and refine your knowledge base through the experience, which sets you in good standing for the rest of your career.

4)        You can gain some clarity
Few of us have a clearly defined vision of our career path. It can often be a case of trial and error. Internships allow you to get firsthand experience in the career you may be considering and can help you decide if it’s the right area for you – at the very least, it will help you narrow down your options.

5)        It can boost your confidence
You will find that you are more confident in your abilities having already ‘walked the talk’ and this can help improve your overall performance. Additionally, your confidence in yourself can reassure your prospective employers that you will be able to deliver!

6)        Possibly land a Full-Time Job
If you perform well over the course of your internship, employers are more likely to offer you a job rather than expending time and money on advertising, interviewing and training a new candidate from outside the organisation. Although there is certainly no guarantee, moving from intern to full-time employee is quite common.

Large organisations often take on interns for entry level positions as it allows them to observe candidates over an extended period of time, thus giving them a chance to assess candidate suitability over a variety of factors, such as: work ethic, culture fit, personality, knowledge and skills.

In a nutshell, you should look for an internship ASAP – Keep an eye out for information on Kingston’s Internship Program.