The benefits of having an internship during college

The experience I gained from the part-time job and internship I held throughout college helped me land my graduate job offer. Here are some of the other ways I benefited from my part-time job, and how you can too.

Earn money and your independence

It goes without saying that having a part time job will give students financial independence. They will no longer look to others for money and will be free to have new experiences be it booking city breaks during reading weeks or spending a bit too much online shopping. But for many it is the only way that they can actually afford to attend college, and it is not so much a luxury, but a necessity to complete their degree.

Develop transferable skills

The transferable skills that students gain from their part time roles contribute greatly to their success in their career. Insurance, healthcare, and sales etc. are all customer facing roles much like your weekend job in the local shop. So, by working to develop your people, leadership and communication skills as a student, employers will see you as an asset to their organisation, and you will land the job.

Gain professional experience

A part time job during college does not necessarily mean you spend your weekends working behind a deli counter or in a clothes shop. Throughout your time in college you can gain professional experience by working in your area of study. This could be running the social media of a local shop or restaurant, doing freelance videography work, or working as a health care assistant. This will also allow you to begin building your professional network, and connect with people who can further your career in the future.

Meet new people

Working part time and being surrounded by others who are of a similar age, provides students with the perfect opportunity to meet new people. Not everyone will find their “tribe” in college, but making friends while in work makes up for that for many students. This also helps students to develop their interpersonal skills, which can be used when they begin their “adult job” and have to settle into a new workplace with new people.

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