7 Ways You're Stopping Yourself From Landing Your Dream Internship
WANTED: Intern. Second Year University.
EXPERIENCE NEEDED: 23 years.
It’s often tough for University students to find work experience or part-time work, primarily because they've yet to properly enter their chosen industry. Chicken before the egg, so to speak.
Interning allows you to gain experience, grow your network and establish relationships with working professionals in your field.
“Sorry you are not suited for the position, you’ve done one too many internships" – said no one, ever.
I spent a long time thinking that no one would want me as an intern since I thought my knowledge and the things I had learnt in my degree wouldn’t be enough.
Other times I just couldn’t be bothered because I'm lazy and my life revolves around eating like other humans. BOY WAS I WRONG.
Internships give you the skills and connections that you need to make it in the real world. If you’re interning at Google or just your Aunt Karen's hair salon down the road, an internship is an internship and you will leave bucket loads more knowledge than you had before.
Here are the top 'don'ts' I found most useful when searching for my dream internship:
1. Limiting Yourself To Paid Internships
Internships are about experience, not about getting cash (although If you are lucky enough to find the perfect paid internship than go for it).
Make sure you apply for all types of internships, and don't just pass on a great opportunity because it won't fund your next Gucci purchase.
2. Thinking You Aren't Good Enough
Never assume that your skills aren’t enough, internships are for making mistakes and learning from them.
Be confident in yourself and the opportunities will come to you.
3. Limiting Yourself To One Website
Don’t just look on Seek.com because it’s easy.
There are thousands of great interships hidden on LinkedIn, Indeed, Jora, and even Gumtree! You gotta be willing to look. Search on every single page until you've checked the entire Internet.
You were probably going to get stuck in a YouTube hole anyway.
4. Not Doing Proper Research Before Your Interview
Know the company back to front and go over the simple interview questions that they’re likely to ask like ‘why did you choose our company?’ ‘what are your strengths? weaknesses? etc.’
Most importantly, be confident in yourself and it will shine through.
5. Taking Rejection Personally
If you can deal with rejection than your time in the workplace is going to be difficult.
You have to accept the fact that you will not be perfect for every internship. The worst thing you can do is apply, be turned down, lose your confidence and then not apply for another one.
If you are constantly being rejected improve your skills, regain your confidence and try again.
6. Not Cross Checking Your Resume
I cannot tell you the amount of times I have read over my resume and found spelling mistakes.
Nothing looks worse than spelling or grammar errors on a resume so make sure that sheet is looking BEAT AF.
7. Having Way Too Many Commitments
If you have too many other commitments then a company is probably not going to want to offer you an internship as they won’t feel like they’re a priority.
Make yourself as flexible as possible to the company and you will be much more appealing.
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