The real-world value of work experience

When a potential employer sifts through a mountain of résumés, those who demonstrate practical work backgrounds and evidence of internship experience are prioritised.

By attaining first-hand exposure to work in the real world, you maximise your understanding of your chosen profession, showing employers that you’re passionate about starting your career and that you exude a strong work ethic.

Another angle that works in students’ favour lies in the connections made through internships. Embarking on a professional placement with a local company could well lead to a permanent role once your studies are over and you graduate.

For international students, internships can act as a bridge between potential employees and their admiration for the surrounding campus community. If you don’t feel as though you’re ready to leave your study destination just yet and you’ve made long-lasting friendships, an internship may offer security and a longer stay.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers 2018 Internship & Co-op Survey Report found that employers who responded “expect to increase the hiring of interns by 1.7 percent in 2018 and employers favour career/job fairs and on-campus recruiting as the best recruiting techniques for interns and co-ops.”

This is great news for students who pursue internship programmes and career fairs at their university, as employers are on the hunt for talent through on-campus initiatives.


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