Why a summer internship is essential for your future
After a grueling first semester, what most students want to do, once exams are over, is to tune out. That´s understandable, however what they should be doing is tuning in, to the internship programs available.
The big bad world is a beast when it comes to finding a job after graduation. It is intimidating to say the least, especially if you have kept your head down and done your best to get good grades and are looking for a competitive job. The problem is that good grades may not be enough these days.
Many students and employers now believe that it´s not just your grades that matter but the experience you have gained during your University years. That can be done through joining clubs, teams, contributing to newspapers, doing charity work, apprenticing or doing summer internships.
This article is going to enlighten you on the benefits of summer internships, which I think are the best way to gain experience during school and to prepare you for the working world.
I know some of you may feel that this is not a necessary path to follow. Others may say that they need to hunker down and make as much money as they can just to pay for school while others want the summer off. Fine, great but in my opinion, it is worthwhile to try to have it all.
The University years are the most crucial part of your life. They set the scene for the beginning of your career. This is the time when you are writing your CV with your personal experiences and unfortunately you can´t go back at the end of University and add stuff in what you wished you had done. It just doesn´t work that way.
Get your foot in the door
Look! You are one in a million, no really, we know that you are special, after all your mother has been telling you that all your life and I am sure she is right, but recruiting manager’s don´t know you from a hole in the ground. They receive piles of amazing CV’s for each position they advertise and they have to weed out the best candidates, so you need to be special i.e., have a leg up on the competition.
If you can get into a company and prove yourself as an intern there are three benefits to it which a;
- you may get hired on full time right away or once school is finished,
- you could get a recommendation from a leading company in your chosen industry
- you may even be able to go back and write your masters theses in collaboration with that company.
Stand out from the crowd
Employers like to see job related experience when considering you for a position. They look at your experience, your experiences and your interests. Companies want to hire well rounded individuals, not just letters and numbers on a CV. You can be the smartest person in the world but if you cannot function in a work environment, or you are not resourceful enough or interested enough to go beyond your dorm room then most companies will back down. They have to work with you so they need to know you are personable, resourceful, and independent, have a personality, have the confidence to give input and can work with others. The days of hiring drones that follow orders are over.
You also need to be punctual, highly motivated, have good communication skills, the ability to learn and can take criticism. You need to understand that you are responsible for your success, your deliverables will have a direct impact on your final evaluation.
Decide what you want
This is an important aspect. You may be an engineering student and have decided you love the design aspect and focus on that. You get yourself hired as an intern and spend the summer on the computer working on drawings. You hate it, you are bored to death but you get an opportunity to shadow the process engineer and you love it. This happens all the time. Until you work it in the real world you really don´t know if it is for you. An internship lets you try before you buy and know you are on the right path.
Learn to work
I am responsible for an internship program which oversees anywhere from 10 to 20+ interns each summer. It is quite an adventure. Each year we get a different group, with different personalities but there are always some similar traits that either impress us or make us want to call their mamma and send them home.
You need to figure out who you are in regards to that. Are you a team player? Are you a confidant presenter? Do you have the resourcefulness to take a project from A to Z, with limited resources and by asking the right questions to ensure you are on the right track? Can you take criticism? Do you have the courage to fail?
There are so many things that can go wrong in a corporate environment, when you are unfamiliar with the do’ s and don’ts of the office. An internship allows you to make those mistakes without ruining your career. Mind you, one must ask for real feedback and be able to make the changes that need to be made. Don´t be intimidated, change is good.
Yes I know, you know everything. You have the whole world ahead of you, exciting plans and ideas and don´t lose that. You have to however learn to emulate. In an internship you can find a mentor and study what makes them successful. Observe the qualities you think are important to being an amazing engineer and duplicate them.
As an intern if you get into the right company you can have the opportunity to work on an exciting real world project that will really make a difference for the company and with the butterfly effect may change the world. You will gain self-confidence, self-esteem and self-worth. You deserve that boost to catapult you on your way to an exciting career.
Meet new people and go to new places
If you are going to get an internship anyway why not get one somewhere you have always wanted to go, for instance the company I work for Carbon Recycling, is in Iceland. You will meet interesting people, sometimes from round the world building your international network. Travel the countryside or roam the streets of the city. Explore all the treasures hidden within the destination your internship is in.
Now go out there and get a leg up on the competition and have some fun along the way.
If you are interested in an exciting Engineering, Finance, or Accounting Internship at Carbon Recycling International the CO2 to fuel company please go to www.carbonrecycling.is