The Importance Of An Internship While Studying

2017 July 14
3 min read

Hello studying, goodbye life!

At least that’s what everybody warned me it would happen once I started college. I left my hometown at 19, went to the capital city with high expectations from both academic and personal choices.

I was dealing (mostly in my head) with not disappointing my family, proving myself to my peers, handling a whole new life from a logistic point of view.

And all this while still having a high school mindset where everything was measured in grades. I was set to discover life soon could be enjoyed more like a self-aware young adult.

But what I had to learn firstly was the separate emotions and reasoning. I gave you this tiny hint of context so you could understand the arguments behind my plea for internships and work experience before graduating.

I do hope you have it easier for yourself, but I am convinced the hard knock life out there will be the best teacher you could ever wish for.

Leaving all “feels” aside, let’s approach this case backward. The goal of continuing your education might ultimately be to have a successful career.

Unfortunately, studies alone do not grant you the necessary knowledge to undergo any professional path. In the ideal scenario, you will have all the theoretical information about the profession you wish to choose, but little to no practical experience.

This is probably the most predictable and common sense argument pro-internship: you need to experience first hand what work means. You need to build some elementary habits, in order to be successful in your field.

The simple stuff like having a schedule and being punctual, dealing with authority and getting stuff done, being reliable and having a colleague share his work with you is not properly taught in school, believe me.

Furthermore, you’ll also want to have a choice when it comes to employment. In the end, you did not go to all that trouble in getting a degree, only to accept the first job that comes along.

Do you know how to choose? Do you know what your options are? Do you know what matters to you in a workplace? I did not.

I think this is also common sense logic: you need to know how work gets done, from the inside: industry, company size, office location, business processes, managers, teammates, tasks, work schedule, and so on. No employer will let you in on that.

What better way to find out if you want to work for a company than from an internship? You get to build your pros and cons in the most objective manner there is.

This leads me to my third argument pro internships: the people that are responsible for hiring your future self will look for proof of your skills.

The dreaded “experience” section in your resume won’t fill itself. Common sense or not, don’t rely solely on your academic results when thinking at your future job.

Whenever I say ‘recruiter’ a military figure comes to mind. Think of the internship as a boot camp before enrolling. You do want to have some practice and some solid experience when facing the recruiter, right?

They will ask you about the facts, and good grades are not enough to get the job. Internships are the middle ground for both inexperienced students and employers.

The least you can do is to approach it as your chance to prove to yourself that you can work! The rest will follow, trust me.

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