Guest Author: Kirrin Coleman is the co-author of Life After Graduation: Your Guide to Success.
The best time to start your career is before you officially enter the workforce. In other words, now. Even if you are a first-year college student, it is not too early to find an internship. Internships are short-term employment assignments during which you receive hands-on training and experience in a career. Some internships last a term, some a summer, and some may last a year or more. Some are paid positions and some are not. Internships can provide an inside view of the fields you find interesting. You’ll learn exactly what the day-to-day work is like, what kinds of skills you’ll need to be successful in the field, and—most importantly—whether or not you like it.
Internships can also give you an edge when it comes time to applying for jobs. Not only will you gain invaluable confidence from the experience, you’ll also have something
to talk about when prospective employers ask you about your “relevant experience.” In fact, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, students with
internships are more likely to be offered a job upon graduation and more likely to be offered a higher salary than their peers who did not do internships.