Undoubtedly one of the largest, fastest growing and competitive industries is the IT industry. With so many organizations using both hardware and software, it is no wonder why there is such a focus on employees with skills in this area. Despite this, it can be incredibly difficult to get a job in this sector. A great way of getting your foot in the door, however, is through an information technology internship. Many graduates and students are initially uninterested in this form of employment, mainly due to preconceived ideas about what the job entails. But, information technology internships aren’t always just making students or recent graduates run around making coffee for free. So, before you rule out applying for a graduate training scheme, here are four facts about information technology internships.
Fact 1: They are good experience
Everyone will tell you this, but it’s just because it is completely true; graduate training schemes are good experience. Many employers often won’t even consider your application if you don’t have any prior experience in the industry, regardless of how many qualifications you have. But, with very few businesses giving recent graduates a chance, it can be incredibly hard to build up a good resume. Having a student job on your resume will really help with any applications you make in the future; basically, it makes it more likely that you will be able to get a full time job.
Fact 2: Not all are unpaid
A common misconception when it comes to information technology internships is that they are all unpaid and you will be made to run around getting people coffee. This is not the case, or at least, it shouldn’t be. It is true that some positions are unpaid, however, you will often be given some form of allowance for work expenses such as travel. It is important to remember that in order for a student position to be legal you, as the student, have to be getting something out of it. Therefore, if you are unpaid, you need to be spending time with professionals and learning from them, rather than doing simple tasks. In some cases, even though you are unpaid, or paid minimum wage, it is worth it to build up your resume and learn more about the industry you want to further a career in.
Fact 3: They help you decide what you do and don’t want to do
Although you may think you have an idea about what you’d like to do as a job, or you know what industry you want to work in, it can be hard to decide exactly what you want to do until you have tried it. Graduate jobs will allow you to spend time working in the industry and help you to determine what you enjoy and what you don’t enjoy. This will essentially make it more clear as to what exact career path you hope to peruse in the future.
Fact 4: They are great for networking
There’s a common saying ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’ and this is completely true when it comes to furthering a career in most industries. But unless you have a friend or family member that is already working in the IT sector, it can be hard to meet contacts. This is why information technology internships are so useful as they expose you to plenty of current professionals in the industry. In turn, this allows you to start building professional relationships and start meeting potential employers through these new contacts. So even if a graduate position doesn’t lead to a full time job, a contact you make during your time there may lead to full time work.