The job hunt is a tedious process. Filling out applications, giving references, and playing the waiting game does not get easier whether you are fresh out of college or 20 years into the game. I was fortunate to land a job straight out of college but for many, it’s not that easy. For some, the job hunt can extend for years.
Being 25, I’ve been in the working world for a couple of years now. I’ve learned my way around a little and I have learned what it takes to get you closer to your ideal situation post-graduation. What do I owe my success to? My internships.
Here’s 5 Reasons Why Internships Are So Important:
When job descriptions call for 1-3 years of experience and you haven’t worked a day in your life, this is where the internships come in. Internships provide you work experience that makes you shine above other applicants. By having that experience, it will also prepare you for when you make that transition into the working world.
Your VIP pass
If you are applying to a company you interned with, your internship is like a VIP pass. I landed my current job because I was an intern for my organization in college. My internship was a gateway into the company, therefore, making me more appealing when applying for a full-time position. Many big companies and corporations love past interns because that saves them time and energy in training.
Internships provide you a sneak peek into the industry you can potentially work in. In college, I thought I wanted to work in the sports industry – I interned with a sports team and realized that it was not for me. If I did not complete that internship, I would have wasted time pursuing a career path that was not for me.
Internships provide multiple opportunities to network within the company and within that industry. Many of my colleagues and LinkedIn friends are individuals I met networking through my internship. Many internships will give you opportunities to attend various events which are great opportunities to expand your professional circle. You never know who you can meet!
In college, teachers can explain the importance of professionalism and how to be professional but it’s one thing practicing it for yourself. Completing an internship gives you an outlook of how to be professional in that industry – the do’s and the don’t’s. Being able to gain that professional experience in the workplace will not only reflect on you positively but show to future employers that you have what it takes to succeed.
Without my internships, I would not be where I am today. Internships provide you with so many positive opportunities – from gaining mentors to meeting new people to exploring different industries.
As a millennial wanting a successful career, completing an internship is very crucial for your career path and will provide nothing but positive opportunities for your future!