Aren’t they? Here’s why you should do an internship.
It’s the ultimate young professionals’ paradox. You can’t get a job without experience, and you can’t get experience without a job. With this in mind, fresh graduates are left with the option of unemployment or an internship. To add insult to injury, they will have to work for free.
Though I’m grateful that my days of fetching coffee and dredge work are *mostly* over, I am equally grateful for the opportunity of an internship. No high-achieving academic or social butterfly will be able to fully prepare for the demands of a corporate job. An internship is a good place to start.
3. Your heart is not set on your vocation
4. You are committed to sticking it out
5. You have nothing better to do
One thing I miss most about being a student is the amount of free-time I had. Lolling around for weeks on end is a luxury, which I regret not taking advantage of. You probably won’t get this privilege once you start working. (The statutory average of minimum vacation days in Asia is 10.) If you are fortunate enough to not need to take on a part-time job to support yourself, and your parents are letting you live rent-free, an internship is an invaluable, productive experience. After all, a three-month gap spent interning between graduation and your next job interview reads a whole lot better than you playing video games.
It’s surreal how quickly one transitions from being an intern, to interviewing one. Revel in this journey, and see where it takes you. I promise you it’ll take you further than you think.
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