Take Every Chance Given!
Putting in your time is always necessary if you are looking for a long-term job. Sometimes it is not just your skill that gets you hired with a company. You have to know how to network and gain allies as well. You can’t expect to get a job out of college with only a degree and a pretty face–it takes experience as well as knowledge.
Becoming an intern is the best way to gain knowledge in your industry and help you focus as well as make the connections you need to get a job. In my opinion, when you are in college, you should get started with interning ASAP. You only have four years to figure out what career you like and what companies you want to pursue, so make the most of it.
In my experience I have participated in two internships and both have given me the connections I needed to land a job out of college. The position may not be with the company you are working for but people in our industry talk to each other. If one company likes you and wants you to succeed but they don’t have a position open for you, they will do everything in their power to get your name out in the ears of other employers.
Now is the time you have to make the decision if this is the career for you. Don’t waste your time when you are in college, get out there and get some exposure. You aren’t going to learn everything from a book or in a classroom. You need real-life scenarios and real-life issues to open your eyes and teach you the real workload that is in your field.
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”
– Milton Berle