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How Internships Help Your Career

By Jay Oun on November 5th, 2013 in Careers, School Tips | Join the conversation

What is an internship, exactly? Interning is a good way for students to gain valuable experience in the work field and apply the knowledge learnt from their academic programs. Oftentimes, internships are a temporary position that generally last anywhere from a month to as long as a year. A student can use this method to stand out and attract future employers in an increasingly, competitive job market. Internships have three distinct advantages in helping you prepare for your career:

Character Development

Transitioning from your everyday student life to a work environment is a stepping stone towards the start of your career. Your communication skills, confidence and maturity levels enhance drastically because of the constant engagement of meeting new people. The variety of strategies on how to handle situations at work within a team is going to teach you to be coachable.

Creating a Network of Professional Contacts

What will set you apart from your competition is your work experience. You might have all of the educational qualifications needed for the job but so do many others. Building a network of professional references will show companies that you are capable of doing the task at hand from a trusted source. Recommendation letters will also work to your advantage further.

Being Hired on After the Internship

The likelihood of getting hired on as an employee once the duration of your training is finished will be very high. Provided that you put your best foot forward at all times, the benefits outweigh the cons. What draws in companies for hiring former interns the most is they are already familiar with how the job position works and the projects they will be assigned. Little to no training is needed for previous interns to prepare for the role.

 

At Brighton College, we have 100% practicum placements and an exceptional support system for your career development needs with accredited certifications. Continuing job search assistance is supplied to choose the right work setting for your hands-on training. With flexible scheduling, you can begin working on that job you’ve always dreamed of. Call Brighton College today at 604-430-5608!


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