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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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