I’m here give you the inside scoop on internships. Most campusers do internship because well, it’s part of the campus schedule but they don’t really understand the core value of them. Whether an internship is paid or not, it doesn’t change its value. These are investments in your future. Often, students are reluctant to pursue internships because they worry they’ll be stuck doing menial tasks like getting coffee or running errand for their bosses and let’s face it, no one wants to work for free. The truth is, although not all internships pay in cash they do pay in other ways.

1.Real world/work experience

Joining a company as an intern gives you the opportunity to work hands on in a professional environment. As an intern you’re not just there to get coffee or run errands but you’re there to gain actual work experience. Internships help by teaching you more about the career path you are pursuing. Think of it as internships being a way to test drive possible jobs and explore different career options.

2.Help in Networking

Internships often give you the opportunity to attend meetings and events. By interacting with professionals you gain new connections and learn how to communicate in a professional environment. Personally, my internship introduced me to a lot of useful resources which have given me the opportunity to meet a variety of professionals in my field. Networking has helped me acquire references and find new job opportunities. Remember in this Uganda nowadays, it’s about “ani akumanyi”. They can even provide you with a professional mentor.

3.They are a CV Builder

As a campus student I know the importance of a strong CV. Without it, it can be tougher to be considered for any job position you apply for. And how can you have a strong CV without any experience? Internships are a key to building experiences as a student or even a recent graduate. Employers are much more likely to hire someone with internships and work experience rather than someone with a generic CV, lacking experience.

4.Development in Time Management

As an intern you’ll become a master of time management. When you’re working in a fast paced professional environment you need to know every minute counts. Time management is vital in every circumstance whether you’re attending meetings, finishing tasks on deadlines, making phone calls, picking up your boss’ dry cleaning or shopping for their groceries (just kidding about those last two).

5.Career Foundation

Internships provide you with the building blocks you need for your future. Many internship opportunities help set the foundation for your career. It is important that you choose you internships based on your interests and career prospects. As an intern you have the opportunity to get your foot in the door with a company. Keep in mind, employers often use internships as a recruitment tool to test out future employees and in many cases, companies hire interns after graduation. So make sure you work to impress so as you don’t have to suffer looking for a job. Internships are great tools to improve your chances as a job applicant and help make you a better potential employee. So make the investment in your career and look into becoming an intern.

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Edwin Bataringaya
The Jot Master himself. He can be reached on +256706617766 or on Bataedwin@gmail.com


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