The second topic of this module is: Entering the Industry as an Intern.
Internships offer a unique opportunity to enter the industry as a student or recent graduate, without having to meet stringent requirements that are often expected from an experienced professional.
There is no expectation or pressure to perform at the level of an experienced professional. An internship provides a platform for you to gain industry exposure and work experience, which employers value a lot.
Your internship will provide you a bridge to connect the classroom with real-world workplace experiences. During your internship, you will have the opportunity to apply skills you have developed on campus and be exposed to opportunities to further develop your skills.
An Internship offers several benefits:
The first is
Personal and Professional Benefits:
Internships provide an opportunity to expand your knowledge and develop your skills as a student in the workplace. You will be exposed to work environments, have the opportunity to work on real projects, and build professional skills for the workplace.
Internships also allow you to build professional relationships with fellow interns, professionals, supervisors and managers who can connect you with future career opportunities through referrals and recommendations. Many may also become lifelong friends and mentors.
Work experience is often cited by employers as one of the most important considerations in hiring. An internship offers you the opportunity to get work experience as a student before you become a graduate. This can be added to your resume, LinkedIn or portfolio to communicate to prospective employers that you have work experience and increase your chances of being hired.
The second is
Institutional and Employer Benefits
Your internship can help your institution to get feedback from employers about your performance and skill gaps, which can be used to improve the education the institution offers. It can also help your institution to strengthen its relationship with organisations to facilitate collaboration, knowledge sharing and innovation.
Internships help organisations train and mentor interns, equipping them with the specific skills needed for success in the industry. Furthermore, internships help organisations to identify talents and can enable employers to hire interns who have already proven their capabilities. This is how Ursula Burns transitioned from an Intern to a full-time role at Xerox. This reduces the cost of identifying and onboarding new talents.
The third is
Social Impact Benefits
Organisations and nations need talents to make progress. Internships play a crucial role in developing talents by bridging the gap between education and employment. It helps to nurture a skilled workforce and contributes to economic stability through an assurance that there will be continuity in the workforce of any nation.
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