Whether you decide to do a placement year as part of your course or are doing a summer placement, there are many benefits to gaining work experience – here are my 5 reasons why you should do an internship:
- It gives you a chance to have a taste in your dream career or industry you are thinking about going into! It allows you to observe an actual working environment and see what you like and what you don’t like and hopefully make up your mind whether you want to continue to pursue that particular career or not.
- Networking! The ultimate buzz word that gets thrown around a lot – you’ll meet new and interesting people and learn something from everyone. You can help grow your contact base and expand your LinkedIn connections which could come in handy in the future.
- You’ll learn more than any class could teach you! There’s so many things that I have learnt from interning that I have never been taught on my uni course. Don’t get me wrong, learning theories has put me in good stead but being able to apply what I have learnt to real-life work situations is completely different to writing an assignment about it.
- Become more confident! Interning has done wonders for my confidence levels, when I think back to how I was when I first started my internship to how I am now – I probably wouldn’t be able to recognise myself. Amongst all the new skills I’ve learned, I think confidence is the most valuable as without confidence how can I expect to one day be a marketing manager?
Still working on my phone confidence BUT one step at a time!
- Boost your CV! We’ve all, no doubt, been frustrated when looking at applying for dream jobs and seeing that you need X amount of experience but you don’t have that experience because no one would give you experience based on your lack of experience! Internships are great because most of the time companies know that you have little experience and will take you on to help you gain experience and improve your knowledge and skills allowing you to improve your CV!
Parting thoughts: watch Meltwater’s webinar on How To Be A Top PR or Marketing Intern for inspo