5 reasons you should do an Internship before Graduating

BY Dinisha Tellirajah |

Have you thought about what it would be like to have experience putting your skills from University into practice before graduating? Have you dreaded the idea of attending interviews for a full time job? Have you thought of an option where you are able to experience working in a professional workplace and prepare yourself before entering the workforce? The answer is, take on an internship before graduating!

Finding a job can be challenging, especially if you do not have experience. Internships are a great way for you to get the experience you need before you finish your degree. 

Below are some benefits to completing an internship before your graduation: 

1. Be competitive in the job market

One of the most important internship benefits is that students who already have some work experience in the form of an internship stand out to potential employers. There are researchers that say internship experience makes a graduate more employable as they require lesser training and are able to handle work responsibilities better. A remuneration package may also look slightly better for those entering the workforce with internship experience under their belt. 

2. Gain valuable work experience

The hands-on work experience interns receive is invaluable and cannot be obtained in a classroom setting, making this one of the most important benefits of internships. On an internship, you have the opportunity to apply acquired knowledge in a real work setting and witness first hand day-to-day job duties that you can expect to encounter in your chosen field. 

3. Explore a career path

Exploring is an important part of the University experience, and internships are a great way for you to acquaint yourself with the field you are interested in. Some students begin University with a major or career path in mind, and end up changing their minds later on. Taking on an internship while you're at Uni allows you to work in your desired field, helping you to decide if the field is right for you. By graduation, students who interned are more likely to feel confident they chose they right degree. 

4. Develop and refine skills

Internships allow for feedback from supervisors in the field, and offer a unique learning opportunity that you may not have as a working adult. You can learn a lot about your strengths and weaknesses during an internship. Embrace the mistakes you make as an intern and the many things that you won't know. Develop your soft skills such as team work, professional communication and time management skills, fully preparing yourself to enter the workforce upon graduation. 

5. Network with professionals in the field

Once you are in the working world, it's all about who you know. As an intern, you will be surrounded by professionals in the industry. Internships are about more than just earning credit and getting a grade. Internships provide an opportunity to learn from the people around you. Remember, the professionals you encounter during an internship can be your future colleagues or the connection to your first job. 

We have recently worked with one of the top 10 Universities in Australia placing 100 undergraduates in internships. Check out some of the feedback from the students below. 

Did the activities you undertook in your internship meet your expectations? 

"I learned a lot of skills during the process of my internship. These skills are the things that I cannot learn in university."

"I was given real tasks to handle with which some of them despite being repetitive. I can still gain something out of it. In short, every task given is meaningful and it makes me feel like I am part of the organisation." 

"The activities I have in the internship is quite similar to what I am doing currently in the university, so I could apply my knowledge to the actual workplace to get more practice."

What was the biggest benefit you gained from your internship?

"Industry skills and workplace experience along with meeting new co-workers in an interesting work environment."

"You could gain actual working experience from the internship before graduation and be prepared for the future career."

"Increased confidence in working in a professional environment."

"I learned a lot of office skills during the internship, such as strong time management and better team work skills"

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