Obtaining an internship is one of the most important things you can do in your college career. If a great job is what you want after college, you have to do more than join clubs and get good grades. College classes can teach you the basics and the terminology, but an internship is what gains you the experience you need to become a stronger candidate in the real world.
An internship allows you to develop and to become aware of the skills you have to cultivate. It will supply you with valuable experience such as communication skills, discipline, and time-management. You will gain confidence in judgment and decision-making, and will also understand the day-to-day functions of what happens in the field in which you plan to work. An internship can teach you what skills, in addition to those learned in your college classes, are necessary to perform well in your future career.
Most importantly, an internship experience can encourage or discourage you from pursing your intended career and professional goals, or even just clarify your goals. You can develop a network of contacts for future opportunities, even if that field is not where you expect to stay. Essentially, it will allow you to see if that job is really the right one for you.
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