The job market is tight and the fact is we all need to get-in
where we can fit-in. Graduates are scrambling to find a job
but that is not going to be easy. Employers are expecting
more from graduates than they did a couple years ago. One
thing that has not changed is the employer's desire for experience.
One way to get experience is through internships. Internships
can be an advantage to you in many ways.
First, an internship will give you the experience that so
many employers are looking for. Noooo..., you will not get
an executives position, but you will be better qualified than
some of your fellow recent graduates. You may get real world
experience in areas that you are not learning in school. It
may be with software that your classes don't cover or methods
of solving problems that you didn't previously learn. You
actually might get to find out why you need to the Pythagorean
Theorem or maybe not. But you do get the experience.
Secondly, an internship is the way for you to network and
networking is important. Networking allows you to rub shoulders
with people that do what you want to do and know those that
do what you want to do. Many jobs are often obtained in the
hidden job market, jobs that are not publicly advertised.
Who gets these hidden jobs? Somebody who knows somebody.
Thirdly, you can get a great reference for when you apply
for jobs in the future. If you prove yourself well you will
most likely get a glowing recommendation from the company
you interned. In fact, you may actually get a job with the
company. They know you and have already established a relationship
with you. They also see the skills and abilities that you
will bring to their business.
Fourth, most internships offer the opportunity to earn credits
from your school. So an internship can be thought of as an
Fifth, an internship can be paid. That just speaks for itself.
Most importantly, you will find out if this career that your
going to school for and shelling out thousands of dollars
for is really for you. You can switch your major now instead
of wasting years in a job you cannot stand. Instead of coming
back to school to shell out thousands more dollars to pursue
the career you really like.
Why not intern?