If you have recently graduated or have been contemplating a huge career change, you may recently been accepted on an internship placement – congratulations! This is the perfect way of getting your foot on the career ladder and getting hands-on experience you need in your field to stand out on the job market. However, some internships can lead to full-time job offers when the placement comes to an end, so how can you improve your chances?
This blog will give you all the advice you need:
1. Do your research
Before your first day at the internship, it would be wise to carry out as much research about the company and its culture before your start date. Having this knowledge is sure to make a good impression and show that you’re eager to do the role.
The company’s website would be the ideal place to browse for key information, however, you may also come across online news articles or blogs related to any major events that have occurred throughout the brand’s history. Being in-the-know shows a sense of enthusiasm for the corporation and proves to the employer that you’re here for all the right reasons – not just as another past time to bulk out your CV. 2. Be willing to learn
All internships are intended for individuals to learn on the job while earning a wage, so aim to make the most of the opportunity. Showing curiosity and enthusiasm for the job role proves that you’re keen to do well which could improve your chances of securing a permanent job role.
If there’s something you’re not quite sure on, don’t be afraid to ask. Your inquisitive nature is an attractive trait. However, do be careful as to how many questions you ask, as you don’t want to come across needy or bug your co-workers. Think carefully about whether your question is relevant and if it will help your personal development. 3. Treat it as a ‘proper’ job
Just because you’re only based at the company temporarily at the current time doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take the position seriously. This could be your big chance to impress the company and lead to a long-term career, so take it just as seriously as a ‘real’ job. Always be on time, dress appropriately for the role and ensure that you complete all of the tasks you have been assigned by the deadline. Showing your employer that you can perform just as well as an employee may give them the indication that you’re someone they should be hiring on a full-time basis. If you have recently been accepted for an internship, we hope this guide has given you some helpful hints on how to make the most of the experience and improve your chances of securing a full-time position at the end. If you would like any further information on interview advice or CV and cover letter writing, please do get in touch with a member of our team today.