Have you ever thought about why students and those who have graduated from post secondary education seek out internships? What benefits does internship bring to the table and does it actually increase the chances of landing that job you’ve been searching for?
Here are three reasons why being an intern can be such a beneficial experience.
Add it to your resume
As we all know, a good resume is a must when applying for a job because it is a huge factor when an employer is exploring whether or not you have the necessary skills to get hired. By being an intern, you can develop knowledge and expand on skills that you acquired while in school. The practical experience that you gain by being an intern is something that employers want to see on your resume. This tells your employer that you have officially had the chance to explore your field of interest before actually entering the workforce.
Another benefit of being an intern is the possibility of full time employment in your desired career field! It has been said that employers tend to offer full time employment to nearly half of the interns they take on. Not only does the company you’re interning for have the ability to see you at work prior to hiring you, but they can also observe how you fit in with their other employees. In my opinion this is a win-win situation for both you and your potential employer; they have the ability to decide if you’re a good fit for the job, and you can land the job you worked hard to secure!
Solidifying your career choice
Sometimes students work very hard to graduate from a program that they THINK they want to make a career out of. It’s not uncommon for many people to work hard to graduate from a post secondary program, only to find out they aren’t so keen about their career choice when applying it to everyday life. By being an intern, you have the opportunity to figure this out before actually entering the workforce. Not only is this positive information for you, but it also tells your potential employer that you’ve gained experience in your field of study and still want it to be your career!
In the end, it seems like making the decision to become an intern after graduation is a positive move. By pursuing an internship you can add hands on experience to your resume, possibly secure a full time job, or simply figure out if you’re going after a job that’s right for you!
So if any of you are debating whether to seek out internships after graduation, now you have a list of reasons why you should!