At digifi.it, we’ve battled our way through the world of entry-level jobs and we’ve done our share of making coffee-after-coffee for people who think they’re doing us a favour. Your turn!
Read on for 10 reasons why unpaid or internship experience can be the difference between getting on your dream career path and just getting another skinny latte.
We’ve been inspired to create a work experience position at our HQ for an aspiring Graphic Designer currently in undergraduate study.
- Internships demonstrate initiative. The best employers want ‘go-getters’, not mindless obedience drones. Given that internships are rarely required at university, such experience will prove that you are proactive about your career development.
- Academic knowledge isn’t enough. All students have their educational experience in common. What stands out to employers is those students who also have work experiences by the time they graduate. It is assumed that students with work experience require less training and can handle more responsibilities.
- Expand your professional network. We’re not talking about LinkedIn here. Perhaps you’ll need a copywriter when you freelance next year, or some CV advice after you graduate? Knowing one personally might save you time and even cash.
- Find your future employer. It’s estimated that over 70% of all jobs are filled through personal contacts and networking. You might even find your first job out of university. SME’s in particular make a habit of hiring interns once they have graduated.
- Test-drive your knowledge and skills. Let’s be honest. Just because you are getting a degree in a specific subject, does not mean you are passionate about it. You might have a Marketing degree and find out a couple of years later that it’s more than just thinking of TV ads. Doing an internship gives you grounded experience of what your studies might look like in a work environment.
- Support your studies with hands-on experience. If you work while studying, your experience could be applied to your coursework. A journalism student would probably make great strides academically with the knowledge gained working for a local newspaper.
- Gain confidence in your abilities. Practice makes perfect. Interviews feel great when you can talk about skills and projects from real-life experiences. Test out project ideas, software and anything else you’d like to develop during your placement. Sometimes we learn more from failure than success.
- Improve your soft skills. Recent studies have shown that ‘soft’ skills, such as teamwork and analytical skills, are just as, if not more important than technical knowledge.
- You could get paid more in your first graduate position. Let’s get down to cold hard cash here. Studies have shown that entry-level candidates with internship experience are paid 6.5% more on-average than those without.
- See what all the fuss is about Sushi. If you haven’t worked in the City yet, you might not know about this. Generally, people who work in offices have a moderate addiction to Sushi at lunchtimes and are how to take cialis known to splurge hundreds a month on the deadly habit. Can you resist?
Now, some readers may be saying ‘I know all this stuff, but insurmountable obstacles keep me from doing internships!’
Perhaps it’s imperative that you hold a paying job that leaves no time for internships. Perhaps you have a family, play sport or have other commitments that use up your time. Try to complete at least one short internship while studying. You just need to think creatively about how you can, rather than focus on why you can’t.