How An Internship Can Shape Your Engineering Career
Are you about to obtain an engineering degree, have great recommendations from all of your tutors, but you are still struggling to find a job? You may have entered the vicious “how-can-I-get-experience-if-I-have-no-experience” circle.
But the dilemma can be easily solved – do at least one internship while you are still at university.
Many argue that the struggle during term time to manage course projects, exams, work and all the extracurricular activities leaves students unable to cope with another, often unpaid, job.
However, we can assure you there are plenty of opportunities during holiday breaks from university and college. Here are five reasons why you need to get an engineering internship as soon as possible:
Build A Network
During an internship you will have the opportunity to meet other professionals, attend events and meetings and grow your connections. Why is it important to network? Because the vast majority of people land jobs through word of mouth, or through personal connections.
It is also a great way to ask for a reference.
Internships are a great opportunity for you to enter a professional environment and solve problems, as well as to learn industry etiquette.
Being familiar with a sector’s working culture can help you to blend into a team more quickly, create a better first impression, and potentially gain some new mentors.
Identify A Career Path
You should think of an internship as of a “test drive”. It will help you identify what you are best at, what role you are most comfortable doing, and what job you should aim for in future.
Even if you are thinking about starting a career as a technology or engineering entrepreneur, previous industry experience will help you to identify the weaker points of your business idea.
Increased Job Prospects
A resume is never good if the work experience section is empty. Bear in mind that if a job description requires a year of professional experience, your internship counts as such.
Furthermore, many employers use internships to identify and hire people for entry-level positions. So even if you are doing unpaid work experience, show you are a hard worker, because this may land you a job.
Develop New Skills
Academic knowledge is important, of course. But you will quickly understand that every profession has its traits. Working in a fast-paced environment, for instance, will teach you problem solving and time management skills. Client-based work will help you build communication skills, vital even for engineers.
Internships are a great way to improve your chances as a job applicant. Companies that invest time to train interns are often looking for talented individuals to join their team.
Even if you do not join a company specific to your career path, many organizations offer technology-related and engineering-related internship opportunities.
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