Remember that feeling you had after graduating from high school? In a few months you will be on your way to college, meeting new people and living in a different place. For many people it also means living away from home for the first time in their lives. Life post college feels like that but it can be very uncertain if you do not have it planned out. So, what are some ways to ensure that does not happen.
There are many purposes to doing internships. Whether it is getting work experience, making good use of time during summer break, or just getting out of your comfort zone, internships can also prove that you can work. Performing well and showing that you “vibe” with the company culture can actually land you a job, post graduation. There are so many reasons why college students around the world push themselves to find internships as early as the end of sophomore year. Here’s why.
The purpose of college is to prepare you for the real world. Anyone who has been through college and is currently working knows that is not remotely true. In today’s world, the topic on “going to college guarantees success” is always up for debate. That, however, is a different topic entirely.
A survey on college seniors has proven that only 40% of recent college grads believe that they are ready for work and the real world. Not going to lie, it would be so much more comforting if at least 85% of college graduates believe they can thrive in the real world. So, in what ways can colleges prepare their students for life post graduation in a very competitive job market?
Have you ever heard of the term, “high impact practices”? High impact practices consist of three principle terms; in-depth academic inquiry, collaborative learning, and experiential education. Lecture based learning only goes so far and memorizing terms, or theories, for your final at the end of the semester will not help progress your professional career.
On the other hand, high impact practices will allow students to learn the core values of teamwork while developing leadership skills. Most importantly, they will need to apply what they have learned in class to real life situations. Examples of high impact practices are service learning, capstone projects, hands-on research, studying abroad, or internships.
Adjustments are necessary. You’re entering a new chapter of your life, it is normal. Whether you’re doing an internship, capstone projects, or hands-on research being adaptable will help you go a long way. Unpredictable circumstances will arise multiple times and the way that you handle them will prove the kind of person that you are. In college, everything is planned out and there is a fixed schedule, or agenda, to follow. That is not always the case in the post grad life.
We specialize in finding internships tailored to your wants and needs. Internships are considered experiential learning opportunities and they will definitely help you plan out life post graduation. Apply for an internship with AIP and let us help you map your future.