Internships for undergraduates vs graduates

Internships for undergraduates vs graduates

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In today’s competitive job market, having an internship experience is one of the best things that you can do for your prospective career. Whether it is done abroad or locally, or if you are an undergrad or a graduate, internships provide an opportunity to help you develop valuable skills and help to make a student a more attractive candidate to potential employers. 

However, an internship abroad helps to take it a whole step further by distinguishing your experience from the crowd. It gives you an opportunity to develop skills that go beyond the normal scope of skills that you may develop in your home country. Your time abroad will challenge you to adapt both personally and professionally, and the payoff for this adaptation will be enormous.

 

Are internships necessary?

 

An internship is a must for all college graduates or soon-to-be graduates. With a degree in hand and no work experience, often times students may fall into the unemployment gap after graduation. An internship can help bridge that gap and employers love seeing candidates who have internship experience on their resume. 

 

Doing an internship abroad will make you stand out from the crowd because it will show employers that you are willing to leave your comfort zone, take on the challenge of immersing yourself in an entirely different culture, and pushing your boundaries beyond your capabilities. Furthermore, gaining work experience abroad shows that you are able to work across cultural lines and develop a global perspective in your industry, while also allowing you to gain valuable-industry specific skills.

 

Undergraduate vs Graduate

 

Completing an internship during your undergraduate years is incredibly beneficial in all regards, especially when you enter the job market. However, doing an internship while working on a master’s degree means you’ll have work related experience and possibly a foot in the door after graduation. 

 

Being able to complete an internship can help strengthen your master’s degree and it’s just as important and beneficial if you choose to do one abroad. It’s a great way to show future employers that you are independent and willing to take risk to understand the global market.

 

In a graduate program you’ve chosen to study in an exclusive area of focus, being able to combine that with internship experience abroad not only allows you to improve your cultural awareness, become a better communicator, and help expand your viewpoints by learning things from a different perspective. 

 

With a degree in hand and job experience, it will also allow you gain some valuable references to forward to your potential employer once you graduate. It gives you a competitive edge over other candidates with the same educational background. Internships help in polishing the skills required for the job market and once you graduate and enter the corporate environment, it will all be a lot easier for you.

 

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