Importance of Internships in College
How many of you are familiar with the concept of internships? For those of you who are not, an internship is a period of time where a student acquires experience in their anticipated profession. Many universities are beginning to require students to complete an internship prior to graduation, however some do not. I believe that all majors and universities should require some form of an internship before students are allowed to graduate and transition into the working world. At K-State, there are only a few majors that require the completion of internships. Luckily, my major, apparel marketing, is one of them and I had the opportunity to complete 2 internships in my field of study. Internships are important for many reasons; they help you determine what career you would like to pursue, they increase your odds of finding a job after graduation and you are able to gain useful work experience outside the classroom.
It is easier to determine what career path is best for you through the completion of an internship. An internship gives you the opportunity to identify your personal talents in the field and better understand your industry as a whole. By working in a professional setting, it is easy to figure out what you are good at and enjoy about the job. Gaining a greater understanding of the workplace will help you more easily determine which aspect of the industry you could see yourself in. Even if it is not the job you were given, at least you know what position you do not see yourself working in the future.
Another reason internships should be required of all college students is because it increases your odds of finding a job after graduation. This is due in large part to the social networking and competitive edge an internship offers. Communicating with co-workers, managers, outside contacts and other interns on a daily basis is a great way to demonstrate your work ethic for possible job recommendations in the future....
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