Thursday, 20 October 2016

How to get an externship/internship

1. Engage in career guidance workshop or seek a career advisor
If you're unsure of what you want to pursue in the future or have burning questions on how it is like in the workforce, approaching a career counselor at school would lead you to the right answers. Career counselors can help critique your resume and cover letters. Small sessions can also allow you to discover your passion or interests in the working field, provide you with information on various industrial scholarships or recommend you job portals or hiring managers for work opportunities.

2. Have an open mind-set 
Job hunting is never easy and if you did not secure a job in your first attempt, you are not alone. It is perfectly normal to send out a couple of applications, receive multiple offers or receive nothing at all. Employers understand if you have applied for multiple job positions as they probably receive many application for one vacancy on their side. Do not be intimidated if you are interested in a job but do not feel good enough for it. Even if you are unsure about a particular job, there is no harm in turning up for the interview or asking more questions related to the job. You do not have to restrict yourself from applying just because you feel under-qualified. 

3. Practice Practice Practice 
Most students probably lack the experience of a professional interview and would feel nervous. You can easily overcome this by practicing, doing your own research about the company and anticipating interview questions. Being prepared will give you a confidence boost.

4. Persevere Persevere Persevere
Who says job hunting is easy? There are many people job hunting everyday and student probably would not face as much pressure as adult who need to support themselves. Always bear in mind that an internship experience will make it easier for you to find a job in the future. You can count failed attempts as practice so do not stop searching, applying and networking as you will eventually find something that is suitable for yourself.

Disclaimer: This is a work for the sole purpose of an academic project. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author's imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

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