So you are nearing the end of your college career and are about to get that coveted bachelor’s degree that you put blood, sweat, tears, and hundreds of dollars’ worth of coffee into receiving; but now what? Are you feeling a little uncertain about your particular job path or confused about what you even want to do after you graduate? Well, if this is the case, don’t worry; this is why taking an internship post-graduation is your friend.
There’s a lot of negative criticism that surrounds post-grad internships, and there shouldn’t be. Taking an internship after graduation isn’t the worst idea. There are several reasons why postponing a full-time job and taking up an internship is smart following your graduation.
- It will strengthen your résumé.
Do you have a lack of experience on your résumé that is hindering you from landing the job that you desire? Are you unsure how to fill up some of the blank space on your résumé? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then taking that internship after you graduate will definitely strengthen your résumé. Taking a post-grad internship will allow you to have another internship to put in your experience section and will give you many more skills to market.
- It will help you to become more decisive about your future.
If you are still indecisive about your particular industry or are unsure about what you want to do with your degree, an internship can allow you to make your future a bit clearer. Internships allow you to see what the day in the life for a full-time employee is truly like; and helps you to decide if the path you are choosing to go down is the right one for you
3. It will expand your network.
Most internships include several opportunities for networking with other professionals. Many interns also receive a mentor or supervisor who become a strong connection for education about the industry. If you are looking to expand your network post-graduation, then an internship is the perfect opportunity to do so.
4. It will make the transition to the real-world a little bit easier.
The last benefit to a post-grad internship is that it makes the transition from college to the “real-world” a whole lot easier. Instead of working a difficult 9-to-5 job Monday through Friday and worrying about things like taxes and heath care, you are able to have a little bit more time of purely being a young adult. In many cases, interns are housed in specific housing with other interns so you can even have a community of college students to bond with.
If you are convinced to take an internship after you receive your diploma, check out HuskyCareerLink for internships that are available. You can also stop by the Center for Career Development in Wilbur Cross Room 202 and speak to a career counselor to find out more about these opportunities.