Congratulations… you’ve learned that securing an internship is vitally important to your career development, and are ready to take action.
However, how to obtain an internship that’s a good fit for you may be a bit unclear.
Incorporate the “Five C’s” of an Internship Search – and bring into focus what’s most important to your career.
I read a few posts recently, with poignant advice, the gist of which covered “Top 10 Things I Wish I Knew In College.”
(If I was the author, however, I’d include a good hangover cure! Just sayin’…)
The subject got me thinking about questions I get from interns, and some of the good advice that would them become more successful in their internships…
Many students know internships provide real world, hands-on experience before applying for jobs. They know internships help soon-to-be professionals decide if they’ll enjoy working in their chosen major or a particular industry. And, of course, they understand that internships increase the chances of employment after graduation.
If they’ve never interned, though, they may not know how to can gain the most out of their internship experience…
You may already have some professional experience from several internships. Or perhaps you’re exploring internships for the first time… maybe even as a recent graduate. In any case, it’s likely you’re pondering one of the most common internship-related questions…
By the time I look for my first real job, how many internships should I have on my resume?
The simple answer:
Many young professionals are new to the professional world. As such, they don’t yet know the “rules”… both explicit and implied about how to behave professionally. Breaking these rules can have dire consequences… and often there are no second chances. You don’t want to do something you’ll regret and get fired from your internship.
Here are seven things to avoid that will get you fired from your internship:
You got the internship! Now, how do you make the most of the opportunity? Do you low-key it so you don’t stand out? Or do you go for it… hoping to make an immediate and lasting impression?
For most, the answer lies somewhere in between. However, as shown in this infographic from Northpoint Centre of Learning, there are certain must-do’s that come with becoming a world-class intern and young professional…