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Internship – the first step to corporate world

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Asiyeh and Unnati are too young to enter the corporate world. There are still academic credits to earn before they can graduate. But thanks to the internship program at their educational institute, they got a first-hand experience of what it feels like to work in the corporate world.

The job market is a bit difficult to crack. Employers prefer people with experience, and in order to gain experience, it is essential to undergo training within an actual business or company. That's where internship helps.

Being an intern helps a person gain practical experience. Many organizations are ready to hire interns and train them at no cost. What a student learns in the classroom and what he faces in the corporate world are totally different. Internship provides the right opportunity for the student to increase confidence in the workplace since many companies are willing to train them and give them the experience they need to get a job.

The experience gained will prove useful when the person is ready to enter the corporate world. It will help the person have an edge over other candidates who have not exposed themselves through internships. Many organizations see interns as prospective employees and there are instances when a person, after completing the internship, joins the organization on a full-time basis.

Since most internships are of short duration, it provides the interns an opportunity to get a feel of the organization as well as understand their future career without any commitment. They will get an idea whether the path they have chosen is the right one. It also helps them understand if they have the aptitude and the ability to meet the demands of the job.

No wonder Asiyeh and Unnati are more confident after their internship.

Handy Hints:

• An internship helps increase the marketability of graduates

• This provides valuable experiences not found in classrooms

• Some companies absorb interns to work on full-time basis

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Source: C. Sunil Roy, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is Senior Manager, Publilink