So you have done an internship, do you think they will offer you a job? Well I think interning will definitely up your chances of getting a job after you have finished university.
Studies show that 60% of people who did a paid internship in 2012 ended up scoring jobs after they graduated. This is a promising statistics and shows that interning is definitely the way to go to gain work experience and boost your C.V.
Make Sure it Pays Off
But how do you make sure your intern will pay off in the long run? Well blogger Jeremy Porters says there are a few important steps you must take after your internship to make sure you will score a good job. One thing I agree with is that it is important to keep in contact afterwards with the company you interned for.
Staying in touch is a great way to build contacts and keep them. If you ever need something from that company or if you ever need a good recommendation then you will have that person to contact every time. Another important step is saying thank you to that company. This lets them know that you have appreciated your experience interning there and have enjoyed your time.
Big Bad World
It’s scary leaving university and having to go out into the big wide world of full time work. But Interning will definitely open up many doors for you and you can also use your experience to show companies what work you have done. One blogger wrote about how his internship for sports writing helped him get his foot in the door with a breaking news team and he is now working as the Assignment Editor. He says his internship experience was a huge advantage because he was able to show work he had actually published.
Employers also hunt for people who have done internships because they know these people have real-life experience into that area of work. A marketing employer also says having internships give employers the chance to test drive potential future employees and train new graduates from scratch.
There are also graduate programmes which are like the big brother of internships and are another great way to gain experience and get the job. Grad programmes give recent grads the opportunity to work for their company and try out all areas of that company. I think this is a great way to gain experience and you get paid for it too! An example is the ANZ graduate programme they give a few grads the opportunity to work in every aspect of the bank for a whole year and then these graduates go into a full time position. These grad programmes also look for past work experience so doing an internship while you’re studying will definitely help!
I am finishing my communications degree in just under 2 weeks and the thought of having to find a job is pretty scary! But because I’ve done an internship I have good work experience and it will definitely help me when I start applying for jobs an Going for interviews.
So don’t be too afraid about going into the big bad world, be excited and know that your internship experience will definitely help you get the job you want!