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Acquiring a mentor, or maybe even several mentors, throughout your career has many benefits. They help you avoid mistakes, provide a sounding board for your ideas and concerns, and generally help you advance in your chosen career a lot faster. 

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2020 Reflections

Posted in Internships,
22 Dec 2020
, by Owen Firth

Well what a crazy year for universities, employability professionals and students alike! Whilst it is a year most of us would like to forget, I think it is worth taking a moment to reflect and consider what we have learned.

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If you are considering signing up for Readygrad’s remote internship program, you may wonder what your average day will be like. This is especially true when it comes to remote internships, which, being new, many graduates have no idea how this might look like compared to a traditional internship placement.

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With all the sweeping changes to the entire world’s economy in 2020, graduates hoping to gain valuable experience with a company are starting to realise their best chance is through a remote internship. However, some students still wonder whether a remote internship looks as good on their resume as an in-person one, and ultimately, if it’s worth undertaking one.

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Remote internships have become an increasingly popular option for young professionals looking to gain valuable work experience, and with good reason. These new virtual opportunities provide several benefits over their in-person counterparts. 

So, if you’re debating whether or not to dip your toe into the virtual pond we have some reasons which will soon be making you want to dive straight into a remote internship.

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I often get asked “When is the perfect time for me to undertake an internship?” The truth is, no time is the right time. There is however a wrong time – NEVER! One of the biggest mistakes students and graduate make is delaying the inevitable. It is known that companies actively seek out students and graduates who they find to be the most employable. Who are these students and graduates?

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Recently, I have had the privilege to interview an IT Manager at one of our Hosts Companies. When asked to rate the top qualities employers seek when hiring an intern, it was surprising to see how technical skills did not even make it to the top 3!  Though it is important to showcase technical skills in an interview, the interviewer told me that demonstrating excellent transferable skills are far more valuable.

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As an internship provider, our consultants are constantly managing student expectations and the professionalism students need to display at interviews as well as during the internship. But sometimes students forget what not to do in their internship.

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Of the 6,500 interns that Readygrad placed last year, 46% were offered an ongoing role by their host company. There’s no denying the data: internships offer real benefits to business.

If you’ve been toying with the idea of bringing on an intern, here are five reasons to stop thinking and start taking action.

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