Written by: Bailey Azarian
Today, people are so concerned with experience. What’s with that word, experience? You see it on resumes, applicants and hear it in job interviews. According to the Webster Dictionary, experience means: the skill or knowledge you get by doing something or the process of doing and seeing things and of having things happen to you.
Now, you’re thinking, how do I find experience and why is it so important?
Your answer is an internship and internships are a proven way to gain relevant knowledge, skills, and experience while creating important connections in the field.
Landing a job in today’s economy is no easy task, especially for college students and recent grads. According to Forbes.com, “60% of college grads can’t find work in their fields.” Besides getting a foot in the door with a potential employer and looking good on a resume, internships can benefit you in many ways:
• The opportunity to “test drive” a career (Would I be happier in marketing or advertising? Am I more comfortable working with patients or in a lab?)
• Chances to network with professionals in your chosen field
• Establishing relationships with mentors
• Possible college credit or certification
• Building up new skills
- Gaining a “real world” perspective on an occupation (How much overtime do employees really work? How much time is spent behind a desk versus in the field?)
Students who complete internship experiences, or multiple internship experiences, may have an advantage when it does come time for the job search. Employers recognize the advantage of an internship, but even more importantly, the experience and confidence you will gain will be vital in the professional world.
Check out this Career Spot video about Making the Most of Your Internship
Looking for more information about internships on campus? Check out Career Services link to Campus Internship Resources