Finding a job can be a tough challenge especially if you do not have any experience. And yet to gain experience, one must first find a job. You may have a (good) degree but what are your options if that alone does not do much to differentiate you from your competitors? This is where internships and part time jobs for students play an important role in your career path. Internships allow you to gain valuable work experience, get a grounded feel of the industry and get noticed by employers seeking top talents.
My one and only internship was during my final year in Polytechnic where I was assigned to an IT department of a local firm and required to code in a programming language which I would only be taught in the next semester. Needless to say, it was a nightmare and dreadful experience. Looking back, I wished that I had the resources, knowledge and opportunity to find an internship, which was better suited for my skill set. Nevertheless, it was a learning experience for me.
There were things I wished that I had done differently to experience a more fulfilling internship experience. Here are some tips, which I would like to share for a successful internship.