College seniors can breathe a (small) sigh of relief. With all the stress, anticipation, and panic, those ready to graduate are both excited and worried about if the job market is ready to welcome them in. Fortunately, companies have been showing signs of a hiring increase prompting college seniors to find positions much easier than in the past few years.
An article in the Huffington Post reports that companies, like General Electric and Amazon, are opening their doors to entry-level professionals. In addition, campus career centers are reporting higher numbers in the attendance of employers at career fairs and the number of interviews secured by students.
Though the future is bright for recent and upcoming graduates, would most consider taking the elusive post-grad internship if an opportunity for a job wasn’t in the cards at the moment? Earlier this year, I wrote about how interning after college is not something worth stressing about – actually, there are many benefits to interning after earning your degree. Here are a few of them:
1. Easier Time Management. Remember when you had to juggle your internship duties in between studying, homework, and other coursework? That won’t be an issue anymore. Though you might have to get a part-time job (if the internship is unpaid), you can put more effort and initiative into this role than ever before.
2. It Opens Doors. Well metaphorically speaking, the benefits of interning as a student still apply, in that you’ll be able to expand your network and gain more opportunities. It might not sound believable, but companies do hire their interns. If you don’t get hired however, find solace in the fact that more people know your work and that recommendations and personal referrals can go a long way in the job search.
3. Work Experience is better than No Experience. Those resume gaps, or being unemployed in general, is a faux pas for most employers looking to hire (sad, but often true). At the same time, you’ll be keeping your skills sharp and be able to learn new ones that maybe you didn’t have the chance to learn as a student.
Overall, interning is just the logical step towards an entry-level job, no matter what age or education you may have.
What do you think? What do you think about post-grad internships? What other benefits are there? Share your thoughts in the comments below.