|We all know the old saying, ‘It’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know’.
So, in saying this, you’re all probably wondering, is there an alternative to an internship? Well, the simple answer is, yes! There are some great alternatives to an internship. Getting involved in social groups on your university campus, becoming a member of a society, talking regularly to your tutors and lectures and attending networking events are all fantastic examples of how you can make great connections in your career field.
We asked one student, who approached us from the University of Sydney about her opinion on internships. She agreed, like most students and employers, that internships offer almost unparalleled access to working experience and networking opportunities. However, she recognised that there are so many other ways to make connections with future employers, and these are not always through internships.
One useful mechanism which she identified is societies on campus. As a member of her university’s Young Labour Association, she was given the opportunity to connect with many politicians at both a local and state level. These connections opened more opportunities for her to attend leadership camps. Eventually, she got the opportunity to visit Malaysia earlier this year to learn all about diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific region.
So, what can you learn from one student’s story?
There are so many ways to jump-start your career. Whether it’s from volunteering, society involvement or university leadership, there are many, many opportunities.
Our advice? Be brave! Get involved! Make connections!
Remember, the world is your oyster!
(A Member of the Informed Interns Team)