Young people are sometimes wary about internships, especially unpaid ones. As a fresh graduate, it might be difficult to land a full time permanent job without any work experience (except you happen to graduate with a 5.0), thus, participating in internship programmes while still in university is a great way to gain experience. Beyond work experience, internships provide you with the opportunity to learn and grow without the pressures of a full time job. Internships are also beneficial to recent graduates and people seeking a career change. Completing an internship provides numerous benefits and ways to grow as a young professional. Here are five reasons you should intern:
- To gain experience and strengthen your CV
This is the one of the most common and most obvious reasons to be an intern. As a student, you lack experience and this is the only way to get it. You get to explore different roles in a company or in different companies. Many students and graduates limit themselves to having great grades, but what will make you stand out is the years of experience you gain from interning while in university.
- To explore your career
If you are not sure what you are doing with your life or you just want to experiment, an internship gives you the freedom to explore career options. Young adulthood is a time of exploration and experimentation. Internships allow you to experience and explore various career directions, thereby helping you to rule out options without committing long-term so you can make an informed decision from your own personal experiences and not vague concepts or other people’s experiences.
- To network
If you are sure of your career path, internships are a great way to meet people in your chosen field. You will have the opportunity to meet people who could help you get jobs in the future, or introduce you to people who will help further your career.
- To develop new skills and improve existing ones
An internship will help you sharpen your skills by interacting with people on a more professional level. It helps you understand the workings of an organisation: teamwork, communication, leadership, problem solving and so on. An internship will also help you to learn work ethics you will need after you graduate.
- To possibly get a full time job
if you perform beyond expectations during your internship, you may be retained in the organisation. Some employers use internships as a way to evaluate potential new employees.
Internships offer invaluable opportunities to improve yourself and create a wide network of people who could also possibly mentor you in your chosen career path.