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Are internships useful or a waste of time?

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If you’re looking for a yes or no answer, the response is, “Yes, you need an internship to get a job after college.” While that hasn’t always been the case, employers today are expecting college students to graduate with work experience already under their belt – and not just any type of work experience either.
https://www.fastweb.com/career-planning/articles/do-you-need-an-internship-to-get-a-real-job
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The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce learned that 63% of students who completed a paid internship received a job offer after college. They also found that former interns got paid more. Those without internship experience made 28% less than those that completed a collegiate internship experience, according to Forbes.
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Do you think internships are useful or are they a waste of time? Do you have any experiences with internships? How did they turn out?
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The work doesn't help you build useful skills. You'll just be making Starbucks runs or fetching the boss's dry cleaning. Even employers that boast about giving their interns useful, career-related skills aren't necessarily providing challenging tasks that will help young workers grow.
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An internship enables you to gain first-hand exposure of working in the real world. It also allows students to harness the skill, knowledge, and theoretical practice they learned in university.
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The work doesn't help you build useful skills. You'll just be making Starbucks runs or fetching the boss's dry cleaning. Even employers that boast about giving their interns useful, career-related skills aren't necessarily providing challenging tasks that will help young workers grow.
You can't really give them a lot of things to do since you need to check everything they do. There's no time for that in a fast-paced workplace.
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Your health and well-being doesn't matter. The lack of regulation around internships means that employers have little incentive to provide comfortable working conditions for their interns.
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The great thing about internships is that it teaches young professionals about the specific industries and companies they are interested in. Even the experience of trying something new is extremely beneficial. Doing an internship exposes you to new people in a more controlled and stable environment.
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While internships in tech or big finance companies are often well-compensated, good luck getting a pay check in a creative field. A list of prestigious internships on your resume now says less about your skills and more about your socioeconomic status.
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Your internship will not only encourage personal development, but also greater understanding of self. To know yourself is to know your goals and how to best achieve them. Finding this level of clarity is difficult, but sometimes all it takes is trying someone new, out of your comfort zone.
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Partaking in an internship allows you to establish deeper relationships than you normally would talking to a stranger one-on-one. Being an intern gives you more opportunities to build connections with company professionals that can be very beneficial for your future career.
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Many unpaid internships are pretty useless for someone trying to learn actual career building skills and are useless to future potential employers.
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With my unpaid internship, I had so much more freedom and if I couldn’t come in, it wasn’t a big deal. If there was nothing for me to do, they didn’t care if I left early. I learned a lot and had a great experience and it was an opportunity for me to actually learn without them really relying on me.
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Internships are the perfect way to enhance your resume through relevant experiences. When an employer sees that you’ve completed an internship over the summer, for a hefty 6 month span, or even abroad, it will go a long way to convincing them that you are an asset to their company.
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Internships offer opportunities to transition into full-time positions. With an internship, you’re given the opportunity to showcase your talents, commitment, and value to a prospective employer.
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I don't hire people who did unpaid internships. To me it shows insight into how incredibly stupid of a person they are and how gullible. I expect people to be able to use the brain they are given and use cognitive thinking skills and deploy logic...very telling.
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