President & CEO
Lainie Bennett is President and CEO of Millennium Personnel Corp., an independently owned and operated boutique administrative employment agency.
As a recent college grad, you may find it a bit difficult landing a job after graduation. You committed yourself to four years of constant research, writing and studying just to get the “we are looking for someone with more experience” verdict on your interview.
What?! Weren’t we all told that obtaining a degree gives us a “leg up” in the job market and provide us with better opportunities? Unfortunately, this is only partially true. Your opportunities drastically increase with a college degree AND internship experience under your belt.
Yes, most employers appreciate candidates who have obtained a degree. However, they REALLY appreciate candidates who have internship experience along with said degree. They consider internship experience as a very important factor when hiring recent college grads. Having this experience on your resume shows you have “real-world” skills to bring to the table.
Additionally, with internship experience, you become a more marketable potential employee versus a candidate with only a degree. The employer sees less time spent on having to train you and knows you can handle more tasks than your average college grad. Plus, an employer may offer you a higher starting salary than they would a college grad just starting their career with no internship experience.
Working as an Intern helps you gain valuable work experience that can be applied to an actual job out of school. Through an internship, you experience a company’s culture and acquire hands-on skills that you may not have gained in a classroom setting. In turn, these skills and experience prepare you to successfully enter the workforce with confidence.
Moreover, an internship allows you to test the waters. It gives you the opportunity to work in a specific industry of your interest. At the end, you decide if it is something you truly desire pursuing as a career.
Lastly, but equally important, an internship allows you to network. Networking is vital for any career move. As you start to navigate the career world, you’ll realize that it is not always about what you know, but who you know. Internships allow you to meet and interact with professionals in the industry. From them, you’ll learn a lot about the field by working side-by-side. You’ll also develop professional relationships that’ll last beyond the internship. These connections made during your internship may be the key to landing your permanent job.
If you have any questions about hiring, or if we can be a sounding board for your job search inquiries, please contact us at 212-244-2777.