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But…. Do I have to be an intern? The reason internships are more valuable than you think!

But…. Do I have to be an intern? The reason internships are more valuable than you think!

The idea of an internship can seem intimidating, time-consuming and sometimes useless. Our minds can sometimes run a little wild and cause us to second guess our plans. You start to question if you “need” that internship or experience and we rationalise it by thinking “well, I have great grades, so I don’t need it”. Unfortunately, that‘s not enough! Don’t get me wrong, having great academic results is a great achievement (and you should be proud of those marks). It can show potential employers your intelligence and your dedication to your course, which is a positive! However, fantastic academic results do not always translate into ‘employee of the month’. A potential employer wants to be sure that you will be able to competently perform all duties and responsibilities of the available position, and that goes beyond good grades. Studies have shown that employers have found experience out-weighs most other achievements and the employees who have had experience find more success in a position, in comparison to the employees who were hired due to their pristine academic transcript. Employers need to know that you can cope, contribute and ultimately succeed in a job. These types of factors can only be considered when the applicant can prove their abilities, through experience. Do you find yourself thinking, “Oh well, I can just worry about that when I graduate?”. Unfortunately (again), that’s not the case. You need to think about the amount of people who will graduate from University the same year as you, you then need to think about the amount of them that have studied a similar course to you and then think about how many jobs there are available in Australia, each year. This is the logical way to look at your future, because unfortunately the number of students and graduates greatly out-weighs the amount of jobs (especially graduate positions) that are available in Australia each year. So, how do you attain the best chance of landing one of those (rare) jobs against a sea of other capable graduates? EXPERIENCE! And how do you get experience, without already having experience? INTERNSHIPS! So, don’t put your future off anymore, start doing something today, that will help you tomorrow!

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