Eric Brunts is our ambassador for The University of Southern California. Eric was kind enough contribute a piece to our blog. Thanks Eric!
In my sophomore year of College I decided to go after and get an internship with FirstJob.com to try and broaden my resume and get some real world work experience. This was an ambitious task as I am currently carrying a full course load in Engineering as well as working a part time job. Available time is not on my side but the benefits of a school year internship far outweigh the cons.
Primarily, employers are looking for previous experience in any kind of office place, no matter the industry. The job search in 2014 is completely different than it was ten years ago and for this reason getting experience working with a tech- company is a huge advantage when looking for full time employment upon graduation. “Companies are looking for diverse skills that turn employees into cross trained multi-tasking giants,” Sean Little, VP of marketing for FirstJob writes in his blog. These are the skills that taking on the responsibility of a school year internship can help develop. Between balancing studying for my midterms and getting my work responsibilities finished on time there is a lot you can prove to a future employer by balancing both a full school schedule while maintaining an internship. This type of multi tasking lifestyle has taught me real world responsibility as well as giving me real marketable skills for the job search.
One of the in-demand industries in my area, southern California, is information technology, or better known as IT. Jobs are more available in this industry than in many others in the area and an internship during the school year makes acquiring this kind of job much easier. The skills needed to get this kind of job, as posted in FirstJob’s blog, include having a strategic mind and the ability to execute. Being able to manage your time through the school year while being employed takes a good deal of strategic thinking. Planning when certain tasks must be accomplished for either school or work or both builds this skill and is one that is highly desirable in a entry level hire for the IT industry. The ability to execute walks hand in hand with this because allotting time for tasks is one think and finishing them is something else entirely. If you take on the challenge of seeking a school year internship you gain the ability to allot time to finish tasks and then to follow through and get them done. With these two skills a job in the IT industry is much easier to find.
Having an internship during the school year can help develop the skills needed for many positions but it can especially help get a job in the IT field.