How an Internship Can Get You the Job You Want
The main reason cited by students for taking an internship is to gain a full-time job on completion; however, the benefits do not end there. An internship can land you your dream job through the experience you will gain, the contacts you will make and the skills you will learn.
Up to 80% of jobs are not even advertised; instead, companies recruit their employees through trials in internships or through mutual contacts. This is especially true for companies in which jobs are very difficult to obtain. Employees often consider interns as perfect employee material as the interns have the chance to try out similar work to what they would be offered. This incurs much lower costs than training someone who may turn out not to be suitable for the job.
While the main industries that use internships to find talented young employees tend to be consulting, accounting and investment banking, many other fields of work are also open to internships. These opportunities allow more young people to find their dream jobs. It can be valuable to discover the percentage of full time employment offered after internships by a particular company before deciding, if this is a particularly important feature. You should also know that a job offer may not be given until right at the end of the internship or even at some time after you finish if the company needs to wait for an opening.
More importantly, you will have made contacts in your field of interest that could lead to jobs in similar companies. There are good reasons for the values of internships being repeatedly stressed by college professors. For one thing, students can start an internship while they are still studying and then start working immediately after finishing if they are offered a full time position. This eliminates the period of unemployment and time consuming job searches.
Other interns may be less sure about what career they want to pursue. An internship can help with the decision process by showing you what it would be like to work in a particular career. You may even change you mind about what is the right path for you after the internship. Talking to other members of the company who hold different positions can be a particularly enlightening experience. You may discover another job you had not previously considered sounds more appealing.
The job market is very competitive. An internship gives you experience that others who are just coming out of college lack and makes you stand out from your peers. Not only that, you will learn to increase your self confidence through the knowledge and practical experience you will gain. Internships give you far more than you could ever receive through just studying.
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