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Monday, May 13, 2013

To Intern Or Not to Intern, That is the Question

On the job experience is sometimes just as important as your education. For some careers it's even more important as the skill set becomes more and more specialized. The work experience that internships provide will help you learn what it’s really like to work in that profession. In many cases, you can learn by doing, build your professional network, and develop a portfolio of work.

A great way to build your job experience is through interships.  Interships are temporary positions that let you experience a variety of careers that interest you, and if they don't work out as you imagined, move on and try another. Even very low-paying (or non-paying) internships can be beneficial in terms of experience and even academic credit. You're making contacts, developing skills, and generally making yourself more hirable.

When considering an internship position, ask yourself if the work experience is worth it now and in the long run? If the pay is low (or there is no pay), what will I have to show from the experience? Is there a real opportunity to roll up my sleeves and be a contributing team member on a worthwhile project?

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