Today’s job market is extremely competitive. Businesses know this and they are using it to their own advantage to hire the most qualified people they can hire, which only makes sense. At the same time it often makes it hard for newcomers to get the jobs they desire.
Take a look at most job advertisements. They all seem to want years of experience, but how can you get experience if no one will hire you? The best way to fill your resume with meaningful experience is to be an intern.
Internships are very useful experiences. And you can find internships in any type of job field you’re interested in. You could be an advertising intern in San Francisco, a law intern in Boston, or a marketing intern in Aspen. The role of interns is to hold temporary jobs at companies where the emphasis is on-the-job training. It’s a great way to gain experience to fill in the blanks on your resume, but it’s also a spectacular way to gain real world training.
College aged students are the prime demographic of internships. They may be the most beneficial way for any college student to spend their summer vacation. Often internships are even required course work for graduation. Internships vary tremendously. And you need to know what you’re getting into before you just sign up for any old internship. Some internships are paid. If you have some skills developed from your college course work, you may be able to make $10 to $15 an hour. Others are unpaid internships, where your time is paid for with future recommendation letters and state of the art professional training. But some of the best internships offer you college credit. Be sure to arrange this with your school before you just assume you’ll get credit. Some last from 9 to 5 for a year, others are half days all summer long. In some internships you may shadow a full time employee and in other you may organize the shelves in the basement and make coffee.
What it comes down to is that what you put into your internship is what you’ll get out of your internship.
If you’re busy all day everyday and overloaded with useful career knowledge, you’ve most likely got an awesome internship. On the other hand, if you show up a few times a week, drink coffee, and talk about the Chicago Bulls game last night, your internship may not be all its cracked up to be. If you approach your internship with hard work and dedication and you do a super job, you may even get a full time job offer at the end.
There are lots of ways to find internships that will suit your needs. Most likely you already have a company or field that you’d like to intern with – just contact them. If you’re not so sure, you may want to search the Internet for internship opportunities.
Overall, if you’re ready to gain useful experience in your ideal profession, and want to be a step ahead in the job search when you graduate college. The best way to fill your summers is to be an intern for a company you like and enjoy.