Two summers have passed where the majority of us continue to stay at
home. With operations moving online, work has become more flexible. We
don’t always have to take into account daily transportation, time spent in
travel, and attending other activities that seem had to reach due to location
and schedule conflicts. College students in particular have been left with
more free time while at the same time more internship recruitments past
the summer OJT season have become more apparent.
If you ask a college student now what they’re doing, at least half of them
would say freelance work or internships aside from studies. It’s unsurprising
seeing as many of them are eager to gain experience beyond student
organization work. Internships from external companies are able to help them
set expectations of the field’s they’re interested to work in and understand
what the job market looks for in fresh graduates.
Perhaps it’s the feeling of being exposed to a new environment, but the
prospect of finding internships is now more exciting to students. There’s
something exciting about dipping your toes into something new, to have a
concrete impact outside of one’s student community. Internships now also
seem to be more flexible and output based given that most students take up
work from home internships. This flexibility is a big factor for students since it
allows them to also balance academics alongside their internships.
Practicum or OJT season was often seen as a turning point by the older
generations. They thought that your OJT field already predetermined where
you’re going after graduation. While this may be true in some cases, it’s not
always the case. This time period is more of an opportunity to see if one can
work or thrive in the industry they want to go to. Now with students taking up
internships beyond OJT season, they can also try out different roles or even
industries based on their interests.
Another essential part of the OJT experience is also being guided by a mentor
or a professional who can offer insights from their long-term experiences.
Forming professional relationships with people outside one’s school circle is
also another avenue for growth. It’s a glimpse of dynamics in the work place
and interactions in the professional context. Aside from mentoring, there’s
also the opportunity to network and connect with others which can be
helpful in one’s future career.
It’s evident that internships have quote a lot of benefits that come with them.
Many students said that internships have equipped them with experiences
they appreciated. At the same time, you shouldn’t be pressured to get one
just because everyone else is taking on extra hustles. Before taking on an
internship alongside academics, it’s important to analyze your priorities and
time management skills to see if you can do both. But if you’re in need a little
push to apply for one, this is the sign for you.