6 benefits of an internship
Today’s job market is a very competitive one: apart from an exemplary CV, employers expect you to have professional experience at a young age as well as excellent people skills. This is when the Permission Paradox comes into play – you can’t get a job without experience, but you can’t get experience without a job. If you have been asking yourself how to land a job without previous experience, the answer is – an internship. We asked our very own intern what her thoughts were on the benefits of an internship:
- Gain precious work experience & skills. One of the greatest benefits of an internship is the fact that you gain hands on experience which for many employers is more valuable than the theoretical knowledge. As an intern you get pragmatic experience and learn how to do your job well, as opposed to focusing solely on the theory which sometimes doesn’t work out in practice.
- Self-discovery and reflection. Internships are a non-binding way of seeing if you actually like what you do. You will identify which areas you are particularly keen on and which you are not. For many of us internships can act as a first step on the career ladder, it is also a great way to explore what you are like in a professional setting – this is especially important when considering whether you are a good culture fit for your next company.
- Boost of confidence. During your internship you will have the chance to apply your knowledge, and since this is the beginning of your professional journey, there is some room for mistakes and no one will expect you to be an expert. Therefore, embrace your mistakes and learn from them. You will also gain confidence in the workplace environment – from office dos and don’ts, through workplace demands to the art of small talk.
- Increases your market value. You will stand out in the eyes of a potential employer – they will appreciate that you already have hands-on experience, industry knowledge and a certain skillset. You may also be offered a higher salary as opposed to recent graduates who are often underpaid when they first enter the workforce.
- Springboard to a permanent job. At the end of many internships there’s a prospect of a permanent job. Very often employers initially offer an internship to see if you are capable of doing your job. Once you prove your skills, chances are you will land a job.
- You’ll grow your network of professional contacts. Even if you are not offered a job at the end of your internship, you will still benefit from valuable connections in your industry. Some connections may open you the door to another opportunity, while others will offer you a great career advice, or even support you when things don’t go well in your career.
It takes time and exposure to become professional. Without a doubt the greatest career catch-22 that young employees face is getting hired without previous experience. Internships have a lot to offer if you want to take your first step in your industry of choice – it’s a safe environment where you can learn from your mistakes as well as excel any other skills that are expected in a professional setting.
Still not sure how you can kick start your career? Get in touch with us and we will help you discover what’s next for you!