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Internships are a MUST these days April 22, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — mattie121 @ 8:28 pm

If I could give one piece of advice to incoming college students, freshmen and sophomores, it would be get at least two internships before graduating. With this economy, you need to separate yourself from the rest of the pack. Employers value actual work experience more than a student’s GPA. I have also discovered the more experience you have under your belt the more likely your employer will start you out at a higher salary. Why you make ask. If an employer sees that you spent your summer working for a company or organization instead of partying with your friends, it shows them you are a serious and responsible person that can be trusted. It also shows the employer that you already have skills and they will not have to take time out of their day to train you. Finally, an employer can quickly contact your references from your internship to find out if you are a reliable candidate and let’s face it, one rave review can get you that interview if not the lead for the job you want.
Bottom line, so many people have college degrees and being members of several societies are groups just doesn’t get the employer’s attention any more. It is all about the internships! Good luck!

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