You just graduated from the bubble I like to call college and now are slowly stepping into the unfamiliar real world. You either have not embarked on the job search or you have not had any luck landing your career-starting job. While you wait for your future employer to say the words, “We would like to offer you the position…” you need a way to stay connected to the field you are pursuing.
Interning is the best way to continue your enthusiasm for your passion. It not only shows you are dedicated to the field, but it also shows you want to stay relevant within your chosen career path.
What will you gain from your internship(s) after college?
You will continue to build upon your already impressive resume. You will learn new strategies and gain more knowledge that will only impress any interviewer.
You will build a network that can help you obtain your first job or help you in the future when you are settled in your career. Taking the time to meet the employees of the company and talking to people who have contact with the company will develop your contact pool. You should dive (with resume in hand) into these connections. Have them reach out to people within their network to help you get an interview for the position you are dying to have.
You may find out that you do not like what you thought you love. It’s better to find out through an internship than accept a job and dread going to work every day. Dabbling in different areas is the smartest way hone in on your true passion.
The best part of all: if you are a superstar and the company realizes they cannot function without you, they could offer you a position. So, make sure to choose an internship for a company you would want to work for. You never know what could happen.
During this time, you may not be making any money but your internship after college can have more worth than a paycheck. You just need to take advantage of what it has to offer.
Despite what many people may think, Dan Chizzoniti was not born with a Blackberry in hand. Though he sure acts like it’s another appendage. This Boston University graduate has a passion (obsession) for social media. He spends way too much time tweeting and blogging, but it helps his current search for a job within social media. If he is not staring at his phone, he is pumped up on Starbucks, dancing to Lady Gaga and ready to take on something new. Follow Dan on Twitter, @danchiz, or check out his website here.
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