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Why You Should Consider an Internship before a Full-Time Role

July 03, 2019

When entering college, freshmen often imagine themselves graduating in four years and landing their dream job. However, a college degree is no longer enough to secure a job offer. Internships have become mainstream and employers are specifically looking for that experience when hiring recent graduates. When you begin your job search, keep your options open to include internship programs.

Here are our top five benefits of securing an internship before your first full-time role:

Narrow Down What You Want to Do

Coming out of college, most students have at least a general idea of what type of career they want to pursue. However, until you’ve held a position in that field, you don’t necessarily know if you’re going to enjoy it or not. The salary may have looked great from a career site’s estimate and the responsibilities looked reasonable, but once you started doing them, they felt too monotonous. An internship allows you to test the job out for a while, determine what you like and don’t like, and adjust your path in a matter of months if need be.

More Experience with Less Pressure

As an intern, you’re expected to be curious. Go around the company and ask a variety of people to coffee to get a feel for what they do and where you might be able to picture yourself post-internship. This is your opportunity to explore and ask questions while trying new things. Everyone knows you’re there to learn, so they aren’t expecting perfection. Take advantage while the stakes are low.

Make Those Connections

Even if you are making the majority of your connections from coffee dates or conversations in the hallway, they’re crucial to your future. These people often have the power to offer you a full-time role after your internship­. If not directly, they’ll put in a good word for you. Meet as many people as you can, and you should maintain those relationships for future opportunities.

Confidence Boost

It’s easy to feel inadequate coming straight out of college and being thrown into a conference room with experienced professionals, expected to present ideas worthy of their time. However, since the stakes are still low, this is the time to go for it. The more of these experiences you have during an internship, the more confident you’ll be moving into your next role.

Get a Step Up for Your Next Role

The job market is extremely competitive, and it seems that everyone has multiple internships and/or side hustles to beef up their resume - you should be one of them. Your barista position in college isn’t going to cut it for a potential employer, nor is that term project for your business class. The more internships you have under your belt, the more valuable you’ll be in the recruiting sphere, and the more of an edge you’ll have over everyone else.

At Pacific Office Automation, we prioritize professional development for all of our employees. Whether you’re just starting out on a summer internship or have been with us for years, we want to help you reach that next step. If you’re ambitious and ready to make a difference, check out our current openings during your job and internship search.

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