Some of the students, or you may be, think that college life is so complicated and that there are so many things to be done. Like studying, doing homework, having group discussions and projects, joining student association or extracurricular, maintaining the relationship with family and friends, doing your hobby, etc.
There isn’t any room left for you to prepare for your future life and career.
College should be the place for you to learn, grow, and prepare for your life and career. Then if the college, or you, doesn’t know how to achieve that, the internship may be the answer. Working as an intern is the most advantageous plan of action if you want to gain experience.
From dictionary.com, the word internship is defined as “any official or formal program to provide practical experience for beginners in an occupation or profession”.
Moreover, “Graduating students with paid or unpaid internships on their resume have a much better chance at landing a full-time position upon graduation.” says Melissa Benca, director of career services at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. That is, employers value internship experience because it provides students with the skills and experience that they cannot earn in the school setting.
Therefore, what are other benefits from internship? Here are 5 reasons why internship is important.
1. You can get real-life working experience
Internship will give you experience where you can feel and do what the employers usually do. How they prepare for work, how they work together with partners, how they communicate in order to make everything working. Internship also gives you confidence as you will communicate a lot with your co-workers. These experiences won’t be provided in your classroom. Therefore, by knowing those, you will get more confident and ready to work after graduation.
2. Learn more about yourself
During your internship, there will be a lot for you to know yourself. Internship is usually done months. During the internship, you may get busier as you have to go to work also. Therefore, that is the right time for you to learn time management.
Time management skill is very beneficial as you can do all you need to do in best way possible. Don’t know where to start? You can read our article about Time Management for College Students.
3. Financial Training
You can find internship that is fully funded with a stipend for each month of during your intern. This way, not only new knowledge and experience that you get but also financial compensation of your effort there. The compensation is not much compared to the employees, so, it will train you to manage your money wisely.
4. Expand Perspectives and Networks
As you start your internship, you will start to meet older people than you. Well, sure they are your co-workers. Like it or not, you have to blend with them.
But be smart. As a new guy, and younger one, you have to be able to take this chance as a practice to learn people’s perspectives. Befriend with everyone including your boss. That way, you can also expand your network in one step. If you want some tips to do that, you can read this article The Benefits Of Networking.
5. Further Career Exploration
Consider you have finished your study, the post-graduation phase. You are going to start looking for a divine first job for yourself. No need to worry for you already have the contact of your previous place where you do the internship. If you performed well and was able to leave a good impression, they will gladly employ you again as an employee this time.
There is another option. You can also try to apply to a better company which of course have a better privilege. You won’t get any difficulties to do that. You already have a great CV or resume complete with your experience and skills that you get from college and during your internship. In the end, you will be able to keep improving yourself for a brighter future!