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Importance Of Internships

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What is the whole purpose of getting into an education system? Why do parents dream about sending their children to school and educating them? Why do we bother to do our homework, study and write exams? We go through our entire childhood studying in schools so that we can spend our teenage years studying in colleges so that we can spend our adulthood doing jobs. That’s right, all the money and efforts are invested so that one day we should have a job, because having a job safeguards our future financially.

So, if getting a job is so important, and everybody is studying and going to school then everybody should have a job, right? But not everybody has a job, and many of those who do, are not satisfied with it. If everybody is studying the same things in their schools and colleges, then everybody should have similar jobs and everybody should be happy, but we know that is not true.

A person is happy in a job that is in line with his interests and has a remuneration that is justified. There are some things that make one person more likely to get a better job than others. The first and foremost thing is experience. Marks and pointers stop making a difference after a person’s eligibility is determined. After that its experience that makes sure one lands his dream job.

Julius Caesar has said ‘Experience is the teacher of all things’

Case in point, Harsha Bhogle, the famous cricket commentator and television sorts presenter that we all love. Did you know that he was pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad during which (at the age of 19) he started working for All India Radio. That’s where he started his career in commentary. In 1992, he was invited to cover India's test series in Australia, and after which he worked for Australian Broadcasting Company and British Broadcasting Company to become what he is today.

One gains experience by doing different things in his spare time and learning what he can. College students have several opportunities to do internships during their college years. This is the time they can cultivate their interests and even learn basics of the industry of their choice. Being an intern at this stage prepares a student for the work culture lying ahead of him or her. One learns etiquettes of working in the office environment and becomes responsible and disciplined. Some students may even get to be a part of projects and research during their internship.If a student is fortunate and hardworking then there is a chance that the company will offer that student a job. Just like Darshan Shah, who is in his final year of Computer Engineering at Jadavpur University, West Bengal. He interned at Samsung in Bengaluru for 3 months and at the end of the term he was invited to work for them once he completes his graduation.

If that is not the case, then fret not, having done an internship adds great value to your resume and companies are impressed with the kind of work that you have done with your time. Sometimes students are worried that the company that they are going to be interning for isn’t related to the branch that they are enrolled in. The important thing here is to learn, so don’t worry about that. It’s better to do some actual work in a different company than to spend your time idling in a company which is related to your field.

Sometimes people even intern for their dream companies after they have completed their graduation and you can do that too. In the end, how we have improved or cultivated our skills and interests is what matters. If in the process, we make a little money on the side, that’s an added bonus, isn’t it?


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