Internships are important for many things, the first being experience. Hands-on experience with a job that is relative to your future career is a definite step in the right direction. Even if the internship isn’t exactly what you want to do, it will be able to open doors and will also have some type of job skill that you are able to put on your resume. Employers love to see that you have work experience even though sometimes they don’t ask for it.
“Online business networking profiles are still just a piece of the puzzle, though. A successful blend of the old and the new networking techniques will counteract the deficiencies inherent in both approaches. A human touch in the new digital landscape goes a long way towards maintaining awareness and crafting image, while drawing in more localized business”
Another reason internships are important is that they help you network. Often times, hiring managers ask employees to refer qualified workers for interviews. The key is to network with all the opportunities your internship has to offer. Networking takes time and won’t happen over night but social networking websites can make it easier.
“I often see new salespeople attend one or two networking events and say ‘networking doesn’t work.’ Of course it doesn’t work after one or two handshakes – you need to give something to the group first before you can expect anything back. Networking is a marathon, not a sprint.”
Don’t kick yourself when you’re down! Internships are down as well. Employers know that it is hard to get experience so don’t be so gloomy in your interview. You don’t need to be young but you need to bring something to the table and be willing to learn. So go ahead and get your hands dirty and remember that every internship could open doors you never thought existed.