In today’s working world, it is more common than ever before that working professionals – especially graduates – are expected to have completed an internship placement. There is a lot of controversy that surrounds the ideology of internships, as often they are unpaid and go on for long lengths of time. The cost of accommodation and commuting for an unpaid internship can actually rack up. In fact, it is estimated that a summer internship in London can actually cost you over £5,000! Therefore, it is important to really impress the company you intern at in order to land yourself the perfect job and earn some money!
Internships aren’t just a great way for you to develop skills and knowledge within a specific industry, they are also a great way for companies to pick new employees. If you really show your strengths within your internship, there’s a chance that you could bag yourself a full-time job at the end of it. Prestige Recruitment Group have therefore created some top tips to help you turn your internship into a full-time paying job!
In order to really stand out as an intern and increase your chances of being considered for a full time position at the end of your contract, you need to take initiative and stay busy. When you have finished your responsibilities, illustrate your dedication to the company by asking for more work. If you know that some of the employees are working on big projects – offer your help. Make sure you get all of your responsibilities done first!
Develop Relations with Your Supervisors
As the intern, you will probably have a direct manager or supervisor who will be training you. As well as making sure you know what you’re doing, they will also be keeping an eye on you to make sure you complete all of your duties on time and to the highest standard. You should ensure that you build relations with the supervisors so that they know you by your name instead of referring to you as just the intern. Being friendly and natural and allowing your personality to come across will make your working environment more personal. You should also show your appreciation whenever you can – make sure you thank your supervisors for their time and advice to show that you are grateful for their input.
Build Rapport with Your Colleagues
As tempting as it is, you should avoid only being friends with the other interns within the company. Make sure you make the effort to get to know multiple people who work within the company, especially those who are older and have more experience. When it comes down to making a decision about offering you a full-time position, people are likely to fight your corner if they know and speak to you. Getting to know more people within the company is also a great way to network with people in the industry you want to work within.
Be Ready to Learn
Don’t be afraid to ask questions from the people you are working alongside – it shows that you’re interested in the role and will ask things if you aren’t sure. You can always ask your managers for feedback too – it will show them that you care about how you come across.
Show Your Interest
Ensure that you show the company that you are interested in staying longer than just your internship. If you keep talking about what you’re going to do when the internship finishes or talk about how you’ve been looking at different companies – it shows your managers that you don’t want to be kept on. You should always show that you want to be considered for a full time role!
Although internships are expensive and can feel as if they are not rewarding, they are beneficial in the long run. Even if you do not secure a full time job, you will have met a variety of people within the industry you want to work in and this is essential for building knowledge within the sector. If you’re applying to an internship and need some help improving your CV – be sure to check out our other article 'Ten Top Tips for Improving Your CV!'
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