Your internship could turn into a career!
Post on 19-May-2015
DESCRIPTIONWhen speaking of joining an internship program, many college students find it such a waste of time. What they dont know is that employers, in general, consider internship experience as one of the most essential factors to consider when hiring a job applicant.
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2. Cosmic Coaching Centre http://cosmiccoachingcentre.com Page 2 When speaking of joining an internship program, many college students find it such a waste of time. What they dont know is that employers, in general, consider internship experience as one of the most essential factors to consider when hiring a job applicant. If you still are not convinced that you had better sign up for internship, you should learn more about the benefits you can gain from becoming an intern. Here are some of them: There isIncreased knowledge in the industry. nothing more valuable than having the opportunity to talk and work with people in the industry you are planning to work in eventually. By working in a company as an intern, you can experience firsthand everything that you have learned in school. Although you can get this experience when you are officially hired in a company, it is still better that you gain such experience while you are still a student so that you will still have time to take additional courses that you think are necessary. You can assess your strengths and weaknesses. Once you are put in a situation where you have to accomplish tasks for a specific period of time, you have no other choice but to use all your knowledge and the skills you have developed to complete your assignments. At the end of the day, you can get a glimpse of your worth as an employee. You will realize which parts of your work you excel in, and what you are poor at. This is an important realization that will help you decide if you need further training or not. As a student,An overview of your future workplace. you just feel excited about entering the workforce. And when you get there, you may have a hard time adjusting to the work environment and the demands of your job. By working as an intern first, you will be able to see what your future workplace is like and how you think you can handle it. For some, the period of internship makes them realize that they are actually pursuing the wrong career. During anOpportunity to enhance your network. internship program, you will necessarily meet different people and professionals. Aside from the people you will be working with and your employer, there is a chance that you will meet owners of other companies as well. In short, your internship period presents a golden opportunity for you to have a bigger professional network. As you may know, your network is going to play a significant role in the success of your job search and career advancement later on. This is an opportunity that you and other university students should definitely not take for granted. If you try to search online for advice for job seekers, you will surely find a lot of content explaining how workers may succeed in their job search. The same is 3. Cosmic Coaching Centre http://cosmiccoachingcentre.com Page 3 true for advancing your career. As you take a look at those words of advice from experts, youll realize they are all common sense. Well, actually, they are. However, if you fail to put them all in practice, there is no way they could help you achieve success in your career. Thus, it is vital that you form habits that will make you a winner. Here are some of them: 1. Have a career goal and be enthusiastic about achieving it. Basically, your career goal is your dream job. You may not have it right now, so it is what you should be working for. But first of all, you need to have a clear understanding of your work and how you could do well in it. This means you should use both your technical expertise and right attitude to meet your employers expectations. 2. Do not rely only on your competence. It isnt enough that you try to do well in your job. You have to see to it that your employer notices your efforts. You should also make it clear to your employer that you are looking to receive a reward for the hard work you are doing. Remember that for you to really advance in your career, you should ask for it. Otherwise, you might end up being overlooked all the time. 3. Take some risks. Dont just wait around for opportunities to advance your career. Look for ways you could enhance your skills and become more valuable in the workplace. Have the initiative, for instance, to join training programs or courses where you could acquire the necessary skills that will make you deserving of a higher position in the company. Then, let your manager know about your efforts and what you are expecting after taking them. 4. Grow your network. Networking is not only useful for job seekers. Even while you are employed, you should continuously grow your professional network. Besides, you can never be sure when you are going to decide to change employment. 5. Keep your eyes on your goals. It is very easy to be distracted, and there are so many things around you that may take away your focus. Do a self assessment from time to time so that you will see where you are in your career plan. 6. Dont forget to have fun! No career advancement is worth celebrating if you are all on your own and lonely. Therefore, you should make time to be with the people you love. Have time for yourself also because if you come to think of it, your biggest inspiration for having a great career is to have a more enjoyable and meaningful life. The ultimate goal of every job seeker is to receive a job offer. During a job interview, you want to present yourself so well that the hiring manager will eventually decide that you are the perfect person for the job. However, there are times when you may have doubts on whether the job being offered to you is indeed the one that can perfectly suit you. Accepting an employment offer is a huge commitment, so it is important that you assess all the aspects of the offer and the job itself first before you accept it. Below are some really good reasons you shouldnt refuse a job offer. 4. Cosmic Coaching Centre http://cosmiccoachingcentre.com Page 4 1. Great benefits When it comes to the benefits you can get in a particular job, it may be difficult to find a perfectly complete package. This means that you cannot expect a company or employer to offer you all the best employee benefits possible. What you can do is look into the benefits package and see if you are offered the essential ones, such as health insurance, paid vacation time, as well as a reasonable pension plan. If you dont think you are being offered substantial benefits, you may as well survey the market and try your luck in another company. 2. Distance You should not take for granted the distance between your home and your place of work. Ideally, you would want to just bike or walk to work because this is a huge incentive for you. Aside from the fact that you will have fewer transportation expenses, you will not have to stress about the traffic when you go to and from work. 3. Opportunity to learn new things If the position offered to you will have you do things that are unfamiliar to you, this shouldnt turn you off. As a matter of fact, this is a good reason for you to take on the job. You wouldnt want to end up getting bored with doing the same things over and over again. Also, this is a great opportunity for you to enhance your skills and learn many new things. 4. Consistent and reasonable work schedule Your work should not be something that will take away the time you have for yourself and your loved ones. Thus, it is always beneficial to have a job which has a consistent and reasonable schedule. Flexibility is another thing you would want from a position. By having a consistent schedule of work, it becomes easier for you to make plans ahead. 5. Chance for advancing in your career Career advancement is something every worker dreams of having. If the job being offered to you clearly gives you opportunities to advance in your career, there is no reason you should turn it down. This will serve as your motivation to continuously work hard and be productive.