Getting first-hand experience of the working world is crucial for anyone on the path to professional success. In fact, a 2013 report found that more than 50% of employers wouldn’t give a job to graduates without experience.
Students are often encouraged to cultivate the skills they need by interning as much as possible. When they’re done right, internships can help to bridge the gap between employment and education. Here, Rebekah Carter of OfficeGenie.co.uk outlines everything you need to know about your first internship.
One of the questions many students ask about internships, is what’s the difference between them, and a standard volunteer position? Fundamentally, an internship is somewhere between work experience and an apprenticeship. It can help you to get the insight you need into your chosen industry. An internship is a no-strings solution for you to try out an industry that could help to shape the rest of your career.
By the time you’ve finished your internship, you’ll have:
Once you’ve landed an internship, you’ll need to know how to make the most of it. An internship is your chance to make yourself heard in your chosen industry. In other words, it’s no time to be a wallflower. To make the most out of your experience:
Now you know the basics of an internship, remember the following five tips for enhancing your experience:
Remember, no matter what happens, an internship will give you that valuable experience you need to make yourself stand out in your next job application!
Rebehak Carter writes for OfficeGenie.co.uk: a desk and office space marketplace for freelancers, startups, and SMEs.