If you’re a recent graduate or you’re still studying at university, you might be thinking about applying for an internship or two. It’s not a bad idea at all- in fact it’s a pretty smart one. Internships come in many shapes and sizes: from large corporate household names that run annual schemes, to brand new tiny startups just finding their feet. No matter where your interests lie, hopefully you will be able to find something that speaks to you. At Adzuna,we think internships are a great idea, and here are our top reasons why.
Internships look good on your CV. Interning is a fantastic way to get yourself some of that most elusive of commodities – industry experience. A relevant internship in the field that you want to go into will set you miles apart from other jobseekers in the future. There may be thousands of graduates with similar qualifications and passion competing for top grad roles, but few of them have real-life experience on the job. This will go a long way when it comes to getting yourself out of the “can’t get a job because you don’t have any experience, but can’t get any experience because no one will hire you” conundrum.
They can teach you a huge amount. There is only so much you can learn from classes and books! Getting an internship is a great opportunity to put all the theory, you’ve spent the past couple of years filling your brain with, into practice and develop hands on practical skills and an in depth understanding of the work place. It doesn’t just stop there either; you will also get first-hand experience of office etiquette and go through the joys of the daily commute to work, which is great if that kind of stuff is a little bit alien to you. The likelihood is that an internship will also teach you to be confident in your abilities which will come in handy when you next get a call for an interview.
It could lead to a permanent job. Completing an internship is a win-win situation, if you do well, a good reference may be on the cards, and if there is space the employer may even offer you the job of your dreams. Loads of employers now use internships as trials, to see if they like and can work with you. In fact, some companies go so far as to only allow people who have been through one of their internships or work placements to apply for full-time jobs or for their graduate schemes.
Internships let you take a career for a test drive. You don’t want to start a new job and then realise a few months later that you hate it and it was a mistake in going into the industry. Equally an internship lets you play at being a professional and if you don’t know what kind of area of work you want to go into, it’s a great way to try a few things out and see what you like. If you do an internship and you don’t like it, it is by far the best option to stick it out to the end and then try something different. This way you will be happy to go to work every day instead of hating being tied into a first job that was never right for you.
You can make some useful contacts. People who work in a particular industry generally have friends who also work in that industry. It’s often not what you know but who you know that can help you when it comes to finding jobs networking is really important. So keep your linkdIn up to date and make sure that you leverage your new connections, because if you can’t be kept on at the end they may be able to introduce you to someone else who is hiring.
Luckily for you, there are loads of internships on Adzuna, so if we have managed to convince you that doing one could improve your chances of landing your dream job you can go and check them out.
At Adzuna HQ we just love finding out new things and thanks to the wonderful people who filled out our survey, we have some exciting new findings to share with you. It turns that men are twice as likely as their female counterparts to aspire to top jobs, paying over £100,000.
Our survey showed that nearly a third of women would be content with salaries between £20-30k, while only half that number of men claim they would be happy to receive the same level of pay. Although men dreamed of earning top salaries, male workers in Britain rate their salary as the least satisfactory element of their working lives. In fact one third (31%) of male employees rated their salary as top on their list of workplace annoyances.
It isn’t just financial aspects of careers that split the genders either, there are also difference between which industries that they aspire to work in. Women have been setting their sights on roles in Media, PR & Advertising, Charity & Volunteer work and Teaching, whereas many of the male workforce hope to work in Digital / Technology & Engineering roles.
Male employees also exude confidence when it comes to achieving their career ambitions, with 36% of men believing they will reach their goals or surpass them, compared to just 16% of ladies. Women list lack of confidence, family commitments and competition for jobs as the main reasons for falling short of their career goals. Conversely men are more confident in achieving their career goals or even surpassing them. The main reasons given for men failing to reach career goals are laziness and lack of motivation.
There were a few other people who found our study interesting too – it featured in The Telegraph, The Evening Standard, The Mirror and OnRec. So if you’re interested, please do check those articles out as well.
So, ladies and gents, whatever your aspirations and career goals, there really is something for everyone on Adzuna! You can always have look and see if you can find the job that will help you achieve want you want to.