Pros and Cons of Applying for an Internship

Internships are a great way to put your foot in the door and build your professional aptitude. As a fresher from school or college, an internship can introduce you to working life and build character. However, there are several pros and cons of applying for an internship. Read on to find out more from Gumtree before delving in.

Pros of an internship:

  1.     Interns have an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the industry they are interested in.
  2.     With the number of tasks assigned to interns, they learn to multi-task and be more responsible in their work.
  3.     While working at an organisation, interns gain more industrial and practical knowledge than they would at school.
  4.     With one foot in the door, interns can enjoy more opportunities and job prospects while looking to build their careers.
  5.     A typical intern is young and fresh out of school. Thus, an internship provides an opportunity to build their professional network from an early age.
  6.     Having an internship on a resume makes it more impressive. HR managers are more interested in candidates who have displayed a dedication towards their career at an early stage through internships.

Cons of an internship

  1.     Unfortunately, internships are generally unpaid jobs. However, if you are lucky, you may find one that pays but do not expect too much.
  2.     In most organisations, interns are treated as second-class citizens, putting them a rung below regular staff members.
  3.     As interns are given an array of tasks, they do not get the opportunity to focus on one area.
  4.     Interns are usually given menial or mundane tasks that do not utilise all or any of their skills.

Now that you have the knowledge, it is time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android).

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