Choosing the right internship
Most tertiary students prefer to go on an internship during their holidays because it gives them many benefits. For one, they gain valuable working experience. Furthermore, internships make their Curriculum Vitae (CVs) look good!
1) What is the purpose of your internship?
However, if you are still unsure about your career choice, then an internship can serve to be the trial period in which you realise if a particular field is suitable for you or not. By understanding the reason for doing your internship, you see the bigger picture which allows you to cope with any stress or despair you may encounter during your short stint at an organization. If money is your motivating factor, I suggest you forget about interning as most internship positions provide paltry paychecks.2) Seek guidance
Most tertiary institutions have a career centre to guide undergraduates in making career choices. Usually, students only realise that such a centre exists during the last year of their course, when they feel the pressure of landing a job! However, these career centers engage in many activities throughout the year and have plenty of useful resources that can be tapped into.
For example, the Career Center at NUS runs regular workshops on important job-related skills. It also provides many internship opportunities. There are officers who are available for one-to-one chats for clarifying doubts related to careers. You can easily visit such officers by booking an appointment. These officers can provide valuable tips on how you should choose your internship
3) Research and Choose early
Factors such as the company’s nature and field of work, as well as your individual job scope are must-knows before you begin any internship. You may also want to have a quick word with your friends or seniors who have done internships at that particular company so that you get a better sense of what you are getting into. Ignorance may be bliss for many issues but I think that internships are one of the exceptions to the rule, and I am sure you won’t want to find that out the hard way. Start planning and have a great internship experience!
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