Internships, as the WSJ article below indicates, are one of the best ways to gain real-world experience. Even if you have already graduated, think of a way you can intern with or without pay to determine:
1) Is the career you are interested in right for you?
2) Are your skills and knowledge suited to excel in this field?
3) Do your fellow co-workers have confidence in your abilities?
4) Do you have solid “takeaways”– goals and deliverables you can call your own by the end of the internship?
5) At the end of the internship, do you feel passionate and inspired, or simply that this is a job?
If you are still in school, make sure you are able to get at least two internships. These experiences are an invaluable way to show a future employer the contributions you are capable of making in the world of work.
Wall Street Journal
By TODDI GUTNER
Nora Cook has her dream job. As a member of the “recycling police” for the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority in Walnut Creek, Calif., Ms. Cook, who graduated with a business economics degree from California State University East Bay in June, finds businesses that don’t recycle, educates them on the process and keeps track of their progress.
But Ms. Cook’s job isn’t the sort of full-time gig a recent college grad would be lucky to find in this economy. Rather, it’s a nine-month, 20-hour-a-week internship that she hopes will help her land a full-time position.
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