The internship is an ever-growing part of the European recruitment world, and a higher percentage of the continent’s workforce is made up of interns than ever.
In the modern world, the balance between education and experience is shifting. The skills that you learn during an internship are becoming more important than a university degree. Of course, you often need the university degree to get the internship in the first place…
Many of us have experienced those disappointing months after graduation. You feel that after all your hard study you deserve a decent job with a generous salary and a ton of juicy benefits. Well it simply doesn’t work like that anymore, and like many of you I learnt that the hard way.
The truth is that 85% of companies use internships to hire their staff.
However, doing an internship doesn’t have to be a step backwards, even though it may feel like it at the time. Something that more and more young Europeans are doing is taking the opportunity to move abroad and experience a new culture.
Working or studying abroad gives them a whole new level of life experience and demonstrates an independence and open-mindedness that really impresses employers.
The great thing about this is that you have the chance to enormously enhance your CV by learning a new language, and this may influence where you choose to go. For me, learning a language was the main reason for my move from England to find a job in Barcelona.
If you’re wondering about which language YOU should learn check out our blog on it here.
The summer is the perfect time to get started for many reasons but here are the main ones:
- Perfect time to travel: Summer is the time of year when everyone catches that travel bug and you can incorporate that into your professional development. Pick a destination and go!
- Many companies are hiring to fill summer internships: Who says there are no opportunities during the summer months?!
- Not in education: Whether your university course is finished or not, nobody studies in the summer – unless you’re an unlucky Masters student! – so make the most of the free time to bulk up your experience.
- Less competition: You may have discovered the big secret, but that doesn’t mean that the rest of the competition has. They’re most likely off to Thailand for the summer. Get in there before they get back!
Summer may not be the season that you want to dedicate to your professional development, but it doesn’t have to be a chore.
Taking on a relatively low level of responsibility, learning new skills and new languages, meeting new people and potentially travelling to an exciting new destination doesn’t sound too bad to me.
The thing to remember about the modern day internship is that it is no longer a role where the person is overlooked and limited to keeping the coffee supply flowing. Interns are given a lot more responsibility from day one.
On the one hand, the employer is getting a decent amount of work out of you for either nothing or lower than the going rate.
On the other hand, you are learning from the start. You are often given professional duties and your real, work-place experience is all the more valuable.
Everyone’s a winner really and assuming you can deal with low (or no) pay for 3, 6 or even 12 months, you will be rewarded further down the line.
Jun 29, 2017 by Matt
Absolutely a very good opportunely to find new experience and jobs.posted 6 months ago by ERDEM
a good opportunity to change lifestyleposted 6 months ago by paco
I'd love to have an opportunity like this.posted 6 months ago by Amanda
That what I did in my last year of studies, to get work experience.posted 6 months ago by warik
Really interesting ! Thank youposted 6 months ago by Oussama
Interesting!posted 6 months ago by Nijat
a good opportunity, thanks a lot!posted 6 months ago by Jonathan
I speak fluent Chinese and English with MSc in Economics but still difficult to find a job in Europe....posted 6 months ago by Jing
It is the perfect opportunity to go out there and showcase your talent to the world so take it and bring it onposted 6 months ago by Jonathan
Really interesting.posted 6 months ago by Anna Julia
International work experience can often be the difference between two strong candidate, as well as being both personally and professionally rewarding.