Saturday, November 28, 2009

The benefits of completing an internship

Gain global exposure.

It is often said that we now live in a global market place and having an international background is vital to being successful in it. By undertaking an international placement you will develop an understanding of the big picture and gain a different prospective as well as international contacts.

International Internships help you stand out from the crowd.

Completing internships in another county is an experience that is both a rewarding and challenging one. Doing an internship in overseas requires an extra set of skills such as operating in a new culture, overcoming culture shock and cross cultural communication. Your experience as an intern in overseas will show your adaptability, drive and focus.

Develop real skills.

During your internship in Malaysia, you will able to use many of the skills that you have learnt at university and apply them to international situations. You also aquire work experience and skills which can assist you to secure perminant employment in the future.

Evaluate your career path and the skills you need to get there.

It can be hard to know what its really like to work in a particular industry and how to progress onto a career path within that area. By doing an internship, you’ll be in a better position to understand your own strengths and weeknesses as well as evaluate your own choices and adjust your plans accordingly.

False expectations surrounding Bachelor of Arts highlights need for more internship programmes

It has been reported that Arts students have faux expectations of their qualification after they graduate. In a study for the Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH) lists the career testimonials for arts graduates as authers, editors and news producers as well as diplomats and actors. The report found that in reality, arts graduate often are found in adminstrative roles as well as in teaching and liberian positions.

Professor Nick Harvey, executive dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Adelaide University is developing stratagies to remove the myths surrounding the job prospects of an Arts graduate as well as building on previous parliamentary, environmental and media internships at the University of Adelaide to include an arts internship.

This article states the importance of his work with almost a quarter of Arts grads who are not in full time work 4 months after graduation as compared to 15% of graduates of other disaplines. However Professor Nick Harvey did stress that Arts graduates long term outlook was as successful as many other graduates in other disaplines.

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