In today’s competitive market, job seekers will need a lot more than excellent grades and enthusiasm to find a job. Internships are increasingly being considered an important factor in whether or not companies hire a candidate. Below is an overview of the positive impact of internships on your career. By helping you stand out in the job market and get one step closer to your dream job!
1. Time Management
Regardless of how many courses you take in university, there are some skills a class cannot teach you. Time management is one of them. Internships can help you to become more disciplined and work efficiently so that you are not overwhelmed by your first job.
In my last two years of university, I juggled an internship with a full class schedule and it was an extremely valuable experience.
2. Discover Your Interests
Human beings are dynamic and our thoughts, opinions, and interests are constantly changing. What if you spent three or four years in university, get a job in your field and after the first week decided that you didn’t enjoy it?
An internship would help you to explore other interests and be more aware of your strengths and weaknesses so that you can find a job you really love. There is nothing more rewarding than being excited to go to work every day! Step out of your comfort zone and visit a city you’ve never been to before. This way, you’ll learn so much about yourself and have a deeper appreciation of other places and cultures.
Never underestimate the power of networking in a job search! Internships can provide you with a great network of contacts that can provide advice and act as mentors. Networking can be intimidating.
The Muse explores ways to help you stay in touch with your contacts (without being weird). Keep in regular contact with the connections you make as they are a valuable resource.
Apart from providing you with great work experience, internships can also help you make new friends! Some of my very best friends are from internships I have done and that definitely enhanced the value of my work experience.
The if i could team… works hard to find specialised international internships and match our applicants with non-profits and NGOs looking for a particular skill set. Whether you want to work in sunny Cape Town or vibrant New Delhi, our team will help find a mutually beneficial internship that will provide you with valuable work experience and memories to last a lifetime. Contact us today!