Summer is here!
Anything interesting to do?
Why don’t you try an internship?
Here are the reasons for doing an INTERNSHIP
- Try out potential career paths
You may often feel that you’re not sure about what you want to do for a job after university, but don’t worry. Many students, just like you, are often in the same boat. It’s often even more difficult when your degree doesn’t lead to a direct career path and you're wracking your brains about what to do. Doing a summer internship is an ideal way of finding out what your cup of tea is job-wise, giving you an insight into what life is like on a daily basis and what environment you could see yourself working in.
- Create a network of proffessional contacts
Getting to know people during an internship is a great way to open doors after university, as well as being useful sources of advice and help. Being on good terms with someone in an industry can also lead to job opportunities; if a role does crop in the future, your connection could be one of the first to hear about it and refer you as a good candidate for consideration.
- It prepares you for future interviews
If you’re successful in landing an internship you will usually have to meet the employer to talk through your interest and application. Having to sell and market yourself is a first for many students, and having an interview for an internship is a great way to experience what it’s like. The ability to confidently talk through your skills and experience and why you’re well suited to the role is an invaluable skill that you’ll have to use time and time again throughout your career.
4. Adds to your CV and helps you make a good impression
There are thousands of new graduates finishing university year after year and competition for jobs is often fiercely competitive. Because the volume of applications for certain jobs can be so high, employers can often cherry-pick what they judge to be the best-qualified candidates. Having an internship under your belt sends some positive signs to the person reading your CV.
5. Apply the skills you have learnt from your academic field into real work environments
Doing an internship is also a fantastic way of actually using skills you’ve learnt in tutorials and seminars in a real working environment. Equally, an internship gives you the chance to develop a whole raft of new skills as well as gaining useful industry exposure and knowledge.