Completing an internship will help you prepare for the real world after graduation. Not only will you gain work experience, but you’ll also have a better idea of what type of job you want. Internships provide you with more knowledge, valuable experience and skills, a career network and maybe even a job offer!
The best part of an internship is having the chance to apply classroom knowledge to real-world situations. Not only will this give you a better understanding of what you’ve already learned, but it will also show you a more in-depth view and things you still need to learn. This will also enhance your resume and LinkedIn because you can add industry-specific experience and additional skills. No matter how good the education you’re getting, it will never substitute real-world experience.
Employers are looking for applicants who have excellent communication and time management skills. As an intern, you will learn both of these. Everything that is done in the workplace revolves around communication. Working with others, interacting with clients, discussing problems, and talking to managers all involve communication. Successful communication skills are essential to secure the interview, getting the job, doing the job well and advancing in your career.
Time is money, so time management is another crucial skill to develop. Internships can help advance this ability because you will be expected to deliver on deadlines, improve productivity over time, and eliminate procrastination.
Building your network is another benefit to completing an internship. Your direct manager, clients, and other employees are all great connections to create and sustain. Not only will these connections be helpful for references, but they may also even know of job opportunities down the road. Contacts are vital these days and if you have someone who can personally vouch for you, it will be a huge help when applying for jobs.
Another great benefit of completing an internship is building a career foundation. Once you begin applying to jobs after graduation, you’ll have both the education and experience. With an internship, you’re given the opportunity to showcase your knowledge, commitment, and value to a prospective employer. Employers are more inclined to hire you once they have invested time and money to train you, so be sure to impress!
Internships sometimes seem scary. With a full course load, extracurricular activities and personal time, it may be hard to find time to add more work. However, internships and experience are essential components of getting a job upon graduation. This is why it is important to find the time to complete an one.
This article was originally published on Daniel Caskey’s LinkedIn.