With the New Year 2015 coming up and starting out at a new job that could potentially turn into a full-time gig, there might be a little pressure on you. Of course you want to impress your new co-workers and employer and you want to do an excellent internship. Internships provide work experience opportunities to university students, recent graduates and people considering career changes. Employers are willing to hire interns with little or no experience, especially if the intern is willing to accept little or no monetary compensation. However, the benefits of doing an internship go far beyond your pay cheque.
Interning is a learning process, but it is sometimes a little scary. As a new year is coming up, make your list of resolutions to help you along the way with your new position and to help you earn your future positions.
You may already have an internship. In that case, why not consider a New Year’s resolution, something along the lines of taking full advantage of the opportunity. Remember that in a working environment you are not only exposed to what could be a completely new industry but also those who are around you. Networking during your internship creates huge advantages for you so do your best to develop relationships with potential mentors. You will be viewed as an emerging talent and networking with new colleagues or those who work in the same industry will expose you to their experience and knowledge. You never know, this could be a way of converting your internship into a permanent job or just a good way of developing working relationships that may come in handy in the future.
Gain valuable work experience:
Make resolutions that will propel your career forward and make 2015 a year to remember. An internship provides the opportunity to gain hands on work experience that you just can’t get in the classroom. First time job seekers and career changers aren’t usually desirable candidates, but companies are willing to train them as interns and give them the experience they would need to get a job.
Getting on the job experience is a great way to build ones confidence. What’s more, if you have an impressive resume, you will be more confident of securing a job. After you’ve done an internship, if an interviewer asks if you know how to do something, you won’t say “um, yes, I think I would be able to do that” but can say “absolutely” and supplement your assertion with example History says that more the 62% of interns were able to successfully get a job which speaks a lot about the value addition of the experience.
Apply classroom knowledge
An internship can be seen as the pinnacle of your undergraduate education and give you the chance to use the skills you’ve learned in the classroom in a real-world setting. It’s a chance to prove the worth of your qualifications and to show that you can perform in the role you’ve been given.
So there it is. New Year’s resolution. It’s not too late to make one and perhaps making your target official will encourage you to go that little bit further to achieve it. Making a strong resolution to get the most out of your internship.