With summer break going on, how do you plan to spend your time during the holidays? Are you looking out for some internship or are you easing yourself out with some relaxing vacation outside the country? While the latter sounds more enticing, it’s the former that is beneficial for you at this point.
Internships are investments for your future. Whether they are paid or unpaid, they are crucial to mark the growth in your career and beneficial for grooming you as a professional.
Here are some great reasons why one must intern during summer breaks:
#1. Exposure to the Real World:
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While books and college can only teach you what the real world may look like, an internship gives you a preview into what exactly constitutes the real world. It exposes you to the grim realities of the reality and compels you to pull up your sock and join the race to compete with one another.
#2. Building Resume
Ultimately it’s all about your resume. The more experience you gain, the better your resume looks. Internships help you to strengthen your resume by adding experience and skills that you possess out of an opportunity to work with a particular organization. In the present time, you may not understand its significance. However, once you graduate and enter the field for job opportunities, you will understand the importance for a strong resume.
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As an intern, it is taken for granted that you are not well acquainted with the industry standards. Thus, every company you intern with will foremost groom you to become a thorough professional. They will teach you basic protocols and mold the professional in you to be able to stand in tough situations and challenging phases. This is really important as an individual.
#4. Building Networks
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An internship gives you an opportunity to associate with new people and interact with them in order to build your own rapport with them. The equation built in this short span of time will always be fruitful for an intern as it helps them acquire references for the future and find new job opportunities.
#5. Platform to experiment
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At the graduate level, students are usually ambiguous about their future. Thus, they explore different opportunities to test the waters of a company or an industry. An internship allows you to do that. Since seeking a job is not the end result of the internship, you can try different fields and develop your fondness for a particular genre before you adopt it as your career choice.
#5. Time Management
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A student life is often characterized by late submissions, delayed entry into the class and procrastination. However, a professional life is completely the opposite of this. In the professional world, one has to master the art of time in order to remain punctual, meet all submissions in time and respect the value of time. An internship allows you to learn this by providing you enough room for mistakes.
#6. Career Foundation
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Internship adds an experience to your existing skills, helping you build stronger blocks for the future. It not only exposes you to the real world but makes you understand the nature of the work that the field requires. This is important to learn in case you wish to seek your future in the same field. Thus, it is also advisable to intern in a field that interests you as a student the most.
#7. Allows Adaptability
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Every structure has its own set of rules and regulations that govern the functioning of the office. Thus, many feel uncomfortable in adapting you to the new place. An internship allows you to transgress from this discomfort and learn how to become more flexible and adaptable in order to survive in the industry.
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