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Yes! Interning Will Help You Get A Job

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.

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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.

Graduate Programmes

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!

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We all have to start somewhere

Nearing the end of your degree you will definitely come across the word ‘interning’ and the reason is because you need it to ‘stand out’ you need it to have that ‘little edge’ over others.

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But what is interning exactly? Can we really define it? As good old Wikipedia states, interning can be defined as ‘work as exchange of services for experience between the student and his or her employer.’ This basically means interns give their time and effort in return for good work experience and a look into what their future career paths may lead to.

I have had my fair share of internships, some good, some bad but what it really comes down to is that we all have to start somewhere. Finding work can be a real challenge, especially if you don’t have any experience and to get experience you must first find a job. It’s two fold and hard to get around, but an internship is a good way to do it. An article written by a careers advisor says internships can give you an edge over others and shows that you have a committment to the industry you want to work in.

Gaining experience into an industry is a key way to knock out competition when it comes to applying for jobs. Study New Zealand states employers overwhelmingly point to internship experience as the most important factor when they are considering hiring new graduates for full-time positions.

Where do you start?

So how do you get yourself an internship? Well my experience of this spans over two months of hunting for the right one. I first started this search by using sites such as Seek and The Big Idea I found a few relevant ones to my area of studying being communications and I sent off my cover letter and CV to them.  By doing all of this I have learnt a few key tips for when it comes to searching for an internship:

Key Tips

1.)  Firstly know what companies you would want to work for and this would give you an idea of what type of internship you want.

2.) Secondly, know that your internship search isn’t confined to only opportunities being offered. You can send you cover letter to companies even if they aren’t offering an internship. If your email and cover letter is that good then they may think about creating an internship opportunity just for you.

3.) Thirdly, ask your tutors if they know of any opportunities. Tutors are often flooded with internship offers and therefore just asking them could open many doors for you.

With the rise in unemployment, gaining any experience is an advantage.  According to Statistics New Zealand, 6.7 percent of people are unemployed in New Zealand. Getting work experience will definitely put you above others and give you that edge and if there was one job going, you would have more experience to offer if you had an internship compared to your friend who has the same degree but no work experience.

So if you are studying and fear the thought of going into the big bad world, then I would definitely recommend getting an internship. But then again, be careful with what type of internship you get, figure out if you will benfit from it before you enter into the unknown.

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