Once you have completed your study, you need to find a way into the workforce; however, the unfortunate truth is that getting a job in the technology industry is highly competitive. As a result of this, you need to have a resume that will impress a potential employer, and give them a reason to chose you over the other applicants. A great way of building your resume, and getting invaluable experience is through an IT internship. When it comes to graduate jobs, many people have preconceived ideas, some of which are complete myths. To help you find the best placement for you, here is a breakdown of the facts and myths surrounding IT internships.
Myth: I.T internships are unpaid. Whilst this can be true, it is not the case for every position. Whether you get paid and how much really depend on the company you are working for, how long you’re contracted to stay there for, and what other perks are on offer. In saying this, the best graduate job is not necessarily the one that pays the most, so don’t let this stop you from applying for unpaid positions.
Fact: The best position isn’t the one that pays the most. Although getting paid for the work you do is important, this isn’t the most important thing when it comes to your first position after finishing your studies. There are many other factors that you should consider before turning down a job because it is unpaid. Remember, a graduate position looks great on your resume, and will teach you all the skills you’ll need in the future to be successful in your chosen industry.
Myth: Big companies are best. A common misconception in regards to I.T internships is that working for a big company with an established graduate training scheme is the best option. Some large companies do offer amazing training programs, however, if you are one of many graduates, you are likely to get less one to one time to ask questions and learn as much as possible.
Fact: Small companies can be an excellent option. Although having a well known company on your resume can be a good thing, don’t forget about the smaller businesses and their training schemes. Oftentimes, it’s these smaller businesses that provide a wider range of responsibilities to their employees and therefore, will help you learn and grow more. Furthermore, smaller businesses sometimes use training schemes to find and hire their next round of employees, so don’t disregard the less established businesses- you could get a full time job out of it.
Myth: You should accept the first position you’re offered. Lots of people will tell you that as the job market is so competitive, you need to accept anything you’re offered. When it comes to an I.T internship, this could not be further from the truth. If you go to an interview and the employer or position doesn’t fit your needs, don’t take the job. Just because a position is offered to you, it doesn’t mean it is right for you. Accepting a graduate position that you aren’t sold on will just waste your time, and the employers time.
Fact: It needs to be valuable. The only reason you should accept an I.T internship is because you believe it will help you learn and develop your skills. So before accepting any position, make sure you identify what you hope to get out of the experience. It’s important not to forget that graduate positions can often turn into full time jobs, so if the position isn’t of interest to you, don’t waste your time. Make sure you spend your time getting the experience you need to fit your long term career goals.