Internships and some international internships are there to provide you with a great opportunity to learn new skills and gain the experience you need. The participants who are displaying a genuine capacity for the role and stand out further than the others may have the chance to turn their internship into a permanent job. There are companies who offer internship programs, also known as student placement systems. These run for a set period of time throughout the year like the summer holidays etc. No company can give a guarantee of a job offer when the internship ends; they can offer opportunities to the exceptional interns if they feel they could be an excellent investment to the company.
Here are some ways that you can improve the chances of getting a job offer after your internship:
Research the company
Try to find out what you can about the company before your first day. This will give you an advantage in knowing how the business works and what their specific projects involve. Be ready with the answers if you get asked a question about the business.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Employers love to see when interns are eager to learn and are engaged in what is going on. Try and ask intelligent questions about the business that you have trouble understanding. The more that you can learn about the company, the easier it becomes to assess just how you might fit in with a permanent role.
Time to set some goals
Outline the skills and the goals that you want to get from the manager within the first week of starting your internship. Try to communicate your aim so you can establish early what the company’s expectations of you are.
Always work hard
This one isn’t hard to work out. Employers only want to hire people who work hard and are continually showing initiative. Try to anticipate what you could be doing next and when you are nearly finished with whatever assignment or job you are doing ask for more work. Putting your hand up for additional work and producing quality work will ensure you build yourself up to be a valuable employee.
Get to know as many people as you can
Make an effort to go around and introduce yourself to as many people as you can. From casual staff to managers, and even the receptionist, this will help you to build a reputation for being friendly, approachable and polite which is precisely what an intern wants.
Always be positive
Appear enthusiastic, even if the work seems a total bore. Ask to be included in group meetings and strive to be helpful where you can. If people are stressing in a situation, you need to act calm while making suggestions on how to fix the problem.
Learn from your colleagues
Find co-workers who enjoy giving out their professional knowledge. Take notes if you want and be sure to act like a sponge and take everything in. You never know what might be relevant. Something so little and what may seem unimportant for you may be the deal-breaker later on.
If your internship doesn’t end in a permanent position, you have still made valuable connections in the industry for your future career. It can be useful later on to learn how to network while you are doing your internship.