Why Should I Intern After Graduation?
Let’s face it: a bachelor’s degree isn't what it used to be. Long gone are the days when a college education was enough to assure you a good career, a pension, and a chance to retire with enough savings to maybe even do a little traveling when it’s all said and done. Nowadays, bachelor’s degrees are a dime a dozen, and employers have stacks of resumes well over a hundred high, most of them boasting high GPAs, extra-curriculars, awards, and other accolades. There was a time when graduating from a good school with high marks and a degree in advertising was enough to get you through the front door of that well-known, successful advertising firm. Well, not anymore. Today’s employers want to see more. They want to see something unique.
Odds are, if you’re a recent grad, you probably just want to take a step back and take a deep breath. You made it. Give yourself a pat on the back. Just because more people are graduating from college than ever before doesn't mean it’s an easy thing to do. But now that college is behind you, it’s time to start looking forward. After all, you've got nowhere else to go.
So where will you go?
If you’re like 50% of recent college graduates out there, the answer might be nowhere. Studies show that more than half of recent college grads are unemployed or underemployed. For those unfamiliar with the term “underemployed,” that’s what you call the Environmental Science student working as a cashier at the local organic grocery store. Or the Film Production major selling tubs of popcorn and scraping gum off the carpet at the movie theater. Maybe you’re the Finance major working as a teller at Bank of America, or the Business major working as a “manager in training” at some big corporate retailer. There are a ton of college grads out there working in jobs they never saw themselves in, asking themselves “How did I get here?” and “Why did I spend so much money on a degree for this?” If this sounds like you, maybe it’s time to take another step back, take another deep breath, and say “It’s time to make a change.”
There’s a common misconception that internships are only for college students. This couldn't be further from the truth. Internships are for people who have some knowledge in their field but lack the relevant hands-on experience that employers want to see before they start signing your paycheck. It makes perfect sense if you stop and think about it: why would a company hire somebody fresh out of college with no work experience when they could hire somebody who’s already gotten their feet wet and has some experience in the industry? An internship is a perfect way to gain meaningful experience in your field, make professional connections, and make your resume stand out from your peers.
At Global Experiences, we want to help you find the internship that will take your career to the next level and put you on a long-term path for professional success. But we’re not all about work, work, work. After all, you've been working your tail off for at least four years in undergrad! You’re probably itching to have some fun, too. So why not kill two birds with one stone? Intern abroad and have a life-changing overseas adventure while you gain work experience. It’s truly the best of both worlds.
Integral to the Global Experiences’ program is the way we take the time to get to know you, learn about your goals and expectations, and then work on your behalf to find you the very best internship to help get you from where you are now to where you’re trying to wind up. Furthermore, we want to help you identify your strengths so you can then utilize them most effectively during your internship and in your life thereafter. To do this, we've partnered with Gallup, Inc., renowned performance-management consulting company, to thoroughly assess our interns’ greatest strengths and teach them how best to use them in the workplace. This means that by choosing to work with Global Experiences, you’re giving yourself the best odds at finding professional success not just now, but in the foreseeable future as well.
Our friendly onsite staff in each of our locations is there to help you assimilate and make the most of your time living overseas. Cultural events, day-trips to scenic, surrounding destinations, and fun get-togethers are all included in your Global Experiences’ internship program. It’s work experience and a travel adventure all rolled up into one! It doesn't get any better than that.