There is no doubt a majority of students will look for jobs after they graduate. But unlike graduation, getting a job is not an event. It is a process. A long-time process where you build up your credentials. Gone are the days when a 2.1 or even a first would get you a job. It is still a criteria, but has become a filtering method for candidates. Internships are now becoming increasingly important.
Internships Lead To A Job
A recent report by the High Fliers Research found that over half of top 100 graduate employers think that it was either ‘not very likely’ or ‘not at all likely’ a graduate with no work experience will be successful in the job application process.
Personally, I have benefited from an internship and that experience helped me get the current job I am in. To put the importance of internships in perspective, did you know that 70% of all the places at the top 4 Accountancy Firms will be filled by the graduates who have done internship with the firms?
Internships are important – they are becoming an ever increasing barometer of a graduate in this ever competitive labour market.
Beware, once you do an internship, it is equally important to keep improving yourself as you need to show your future employer what you have gained from the internship. You won’t just walk into an interview and get a job.
Social Media And Internships
The world of recruiting is embracing social media for two reasons.
1. Social media is almost synonymous with technologically advanced. Yes, even though that is not absolutely true, to think that recruiters who are typically above a certain age group are embracing social media means it is a force they reckon with.
2. Social media recruitment comes cheap to various firms and even top employers.
Now, you have to decide whether you want to embrace social media to put yourself on the market. How do you go about it? First and foremost you need a LinkedIn profile. It’s a myth that LinkedIn is only for those with jobs, no it’s not, it’s for jobhunters, too! You can read my 7 steps to get started on LinkedIn as a student or graduate.
You should also use Twitter for jobsearch and other social media platforms, although I am yet to personally know of a major success story.
What can be beneficial, especially if you are in the arts, fashion, marketing or other related fields of education is to have your own blog! Get started with building your portfolio, so you can show your prospective employers some examples of your work . Sites like wordpress.com and tumblr.com will set you up in minutes and then you can even have a copy of your CV online to hand out as a site!
How To Find An Internship?
Classic question. And I will be honest, there is no quick way of finding an internship. You have to make a real effort to go in there and search the market and apply for the positions available.
You have many websites out there. Try them. Alternatively, use my ‘instant-search’ method, what’s that you ask? Simple. Think of a company – as outrageous as possible – say – Ferrari. Now go onto their website; under the ‘Careers’ section look for internships / industrial placement / work-experience. See what they want and if you fit the bill apply for it. Keep doing this with companies you can think of.
Finally, you can also consider the help of Kape Internships. Our team sources interns for hundreds of companies throughout the UK. Simply send us your CV, and we will be quick to explain you about the process and the next steps.
Internships are important, they will help you in the future and even by giving you that valuable work experience.