So you’ve been to University for three years and finally got your much coveted Undergraduate degree. Naturally you want to get out into the working world and put your degree to good use, only to be told that your degree isn’t enough and that you need more hands on work experience.
What can you do?
An internship is a great way to get your foot in the door and allows you to gain valuable industry experience within a role. We’ve answered a few of the most commonly asked questions regarding Internships below.
How long do internships last?
There is no set time period for an internship but typically they tend to last between 10 weeks and 3 months, however depending on the industry they can last up to a year.
Will I be paid?
By law organisations don’t have to pay people for undertaking internships. However, if you are performing the role of a worker then by law you should be receiving at least the National Minimum Wage. If you have set hours, duties or responsibilities these are signs that you may be classed as a worker and qualify for National Minimum Wage.
You may also find that many organisations offer reimbursements for travel and lunch cost during your internship.
Why should I do an internship?
- Real industry experience
Internships are a great way to gain experience within your chosen field and also allows you to see whether it’s really an area you can see yourself working in.
- Personal Development
For many graduates an internship will be their first experience in a professional environment and enables you to improve on key skills such as team work, time management and project management.
- Grow your network
You know the old saying ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’. Internships are a great way to meet other people within your chosen industry and build valuable friendships with people who have been in a similar situation to yourself.
- Job prospects
Although definitely not guaranteed, many successful internships have been known to turn into job offers. Whilst on your internship you may also hear about upcoming vacancies which may be suitable for you and you could apply for. After all you’ve more than likely already built up a rapport with your co-workers and know how the organisation works.
If you don’t get offered a role then there’s no need to worry – stay in touch with the company and who knows they may contact you if a suitable role becomes available.
ESA Group work with clients from B2B, B2C and public sector organisations around the Midlands area specialising in Marketing, Technology, HR and Procurement and Supply Chain roles. Our consultants are highly experienced within the recruitment industry and are always happy to offer their expert advice.