Are you looking for invaluable professional experience and key skills before taking on-board a whole new journey, an entirely new career? An internship is a great way to gain insight into a particular field and to test theories and concepts that you may have learnt during college. A lot of companies tend to hire people full time after the internship is complete – that is if you have impressed them, of course.
It doesn’t matter what the industry is, all employers are on the lookout for a core set of skills in an applicant and they can only be gained through experience. Start taking note of transferable skills that you have obtained throughout your studies and do all that you can to utilise them.
Here is a list of the key skills employers seek in an intern.
• Time Management
Employers want to know that you are able to prioritise tasks and stay on top of the responsibilities you have at hand. Being on time and managing time effectively is imperative to job success. Demonstrate your ability to be able to multitask and focus and you will be well on your way to impressing a potential employer. Punctuality is an element that most employers keep an eye on. If you turn up late to work it reflects a sense of your personality and may come across that you don’t really care about your job and that you may just be there for the money. The people that turn up to work early, eager and excited about their day highlights just how much their position means.
Showing that you are able to diversify and extend your skills into multiple areas is very impressive. Make it clear that you are an adaptable person and that you are willing to fit into the culture of the business. Demonstrating a clear willingness to learn and grow interests will make an individual stand out from the crowd as enthusiasm really shines. Ensure that you are a key asset to the company, that they want you to be a part of their team. You need to be able to echo that you are versatile enough to learn from your mistakes and pick yourself up when things don’t go so well. Do not let small things going wrong hold you back, find the courage from within and carry on, with a smile on your face.
It is important that you can show a future employer your ability to be able to write and speak on a professional level. It is also a good idea to highlight your social, people skills as these will be essential skills to have to build relationships. You have a chance to show your written skills in a cover letter and verbal skills through the interview so make sure you are well-prepared. Being able to communicate effectively is a valuable skill, probably one that most employers value with increased significance. It is also a good idea to show that you can communicate effectively through technology and that you understand different technical mediums. Keeping up with current trends is a key feature of planning ahead and standing out.
Being able to collaborate with others is a key skill to learn. Taking on other people’s ideas and views is something that adds value to an individual. By being a good listener we learn, by talking we are not really learning much at all, so keep in mind the value of ‘team’. As part of a team is it vital that you understand your personal strengths and weaknesses so you know how you can best contribute and bring out the best in other people in the business. Through teamwork skills, you can highlight your initiative and ability to think both on the spot and creatively with passion and thought. Don’t sit back and wait for direction with tasks, use your initiative, talk to other team members and don’t be afraid to grow.
• Critical thinking
Being able to analyse situations and evaluate them in order to receive an outcome is an essential skill to demonstrate. Showing that you can think on a critical level means that you have a depth to you that is unique and this means that a stem of ideas and questions are now a possibility. Asking questions and gaining answers is a journey of learning, something that is imperative in the workplace. Pose creative solutions to challenges and emphasise your abilities with confidence. Never underestimate your aptitude to solve problems, even if you have only been a part of the organisation for a short period of time.
Believe in yourself in order for others to believe in you too.