Rose graduated in 2014 with a degree in Chemistry, immediately after her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), she started applying for all the graduate jobs she found online.
After six months of going for interviews without being selected, Rose decided to apply for an internship at a Hair Cream Company close to her house.
The position will be unpaid but she took the initiative to apply anyway. After six months at the company, she found another company looking for a candidate with her credentials.
During the interview, her interviewers were impressed because she described the production process from beginning to the end, she got the job and her six months of ‘training’ helped her to land her dream job.
Everyone that made fun of her congratulated her when they heard she shared the good news. Every job seeker should be like Rose.
You have to take initiative even when all seems impossible. Employers claim that Nigerian graduates are ill quipped because of the failing state of the education sector. That is why some job requirements usually come with two years’ experience.
How do you acquire this experience?
This is why paid or unpaid internships are increasingly becoming a common way for students and graduates to gain work experience in a particular role. They can last anywhere between one week and one year, and sometimes lead to permanent jobs.
As a graduate, internships are worth considering if you’re looking to:
- Boost your CV: Your work experience doesn’t have to stop at your place of primary assignment. You can apply for internships that fit into your career line, they will sure help you boost your CV.
- Network with industry professionals: Time spent with your bosses during your internship will expose you to so many things and people. Your net worth is similar to your network. When you network with professionals, you learn something new each and every single day.
- Have an edge when job hunting: In the midst of five prospective candidates, you might be the only one worthwhile because at the end of the day, all what organisations want is a candidate that knows her onions.
- Confirm that a certain career is right for you: Time spent at work during your internship will help you confirm whether that career is right for you or not. The practical will expose you the in and outs of that profession and early on, you can decide whether to keep following that career path or find another one that suits your personality.
- Gain valuable skills and work experience in your chosen field: Internships will also help you gain valuable skills in your job experience and this is gold when finding your dream job.