*Sung to the tune of “Do you want to build a snowman?”
So, have you heard all the hype about internships?
- Maybe your parents or professor is encouraging (or forcing) you to do one.
- Maybe you know you should do one, because you’ve heard employers in your field think they are valuable.
- Maybe you think you can’t do one right now, because you’re not a senior.
- Or, maybe you’re not so sure what an internship is, don’t know when you will fit into your schedule, or even afford to do one.
It’s a lot. I get it. But internship are pretty cool and you can do them throughout your time in college, actually we recommend you start early and do a couple!
Here are 5 reasons why I think you should consider doing an Internship.
An internship is going to give you real-world, work experience. You will see what it’s like to get up every day and go to work, deal with a supervisor, be assigned and complete projects, work with others, and so much more! This is valuable resume material that will make you stand out!
Friendly, Outgoing, and Sweet should not be the skills you list on your resume. Employers want to see the hard skills that you have developed. Internships are a great way to gain those skills. Did you create social media marketing campaigns on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook? What about completing market research with SPSS? Did you use a Tax Pro System in your accounting internship? These are the types of skills employers want to see.
So you know Georgia College. You have your friends, professors, Thunder, and a handful of staff members that you see every day, but do you know anybody doing what you want to be doing? An internship is going to put you in the middle of the industry you are interested in. You can talk to these coworkers, take them out for coffee, pick their brains, get advice, make connections. You often hear the saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” which I believe to a certain extent. Obviously you need to be smart and skilled in the field you want to work in, but you also need to know people in the field. Put effort into both areas. Let’s change the saying to “It’s what you know and who you know.”
It’s pretty scary to think about graduating and getting a job. I mean, who is going to hire a recent English graduate anyway?
Well if you are a recent English graduate that completed an awesome internship, gained real work experience, increased necessary skill sets, met an awesome network of people in the field, and took advantage of the GC Career Center’s services, than a lot of employers are going to want to hire you! You are awesome!
- GET A GOOD JOB
The great thing about internships is you get to test drive a career for a specified time frame. You can determine what you find most valuable in a work environment; do you like a big office with a lot co-workers or would you rather work in a smaller setting with fewer people, do you like big cities or smaller towns, do you like supervisors that allow you to work independently or do you need someone that offers extra guidance. Internships let you see multiple sides of the work world and help you begin to figure out what work atmosphere suites you best. That way when you begin your job search you can apply to and get a good job that you enjoy!
Ready to take the next step and learn more about finding great internships? Or, are you not yet sold on the idea and need a little bit more convincing? Either way, the Career Center is here for you! Stop by, call, or email us to set up an appointment to talk internships!
The Career Center | 110 Lanier Hall | 478-445-5384 | firstname.lastname@example.org