The way to professional success can be a tough and rocky road. You
need to invest a lot of study, hard work and time.
A smart move is to take a non-paid job in your industry area - AKA
"the terrifying" internship. Getting your head around the
concept of not being paid may be tricky. But the experience itself
will pay dividends in the future.
Getting your foot in the door without experience is becoming harder
and harder. Getting the attention of a recruiter isn't easy.
Especially in the early stages of your career. Considering an
internship can mean stepping into your future paid job.
[quote]"What I do for my work is exactly what I would do if
nobody paid me." – Gretchen Rubin[/quote]
So how can you land a paid position after completing an internship?
We asked some Bachelor of Graphic Design students how to go about it.
Hopefully their experiences can help you turn your internship into a
great paid job.
Current position: Graphic Designer
Get to know your colleagues and your role. Get involved. Get to know
the people you work with and their responsibilities. But most
importantly, get to know your role in the company. Don't simply go
into your internship with the view that you're just ticking off
another course requirement. Instead, embrace the opportunity to learn
new skills, enhance your current skills and meet people. It's a
perfect time to start networking.
Show them what you've got. Approach your internship as if it were a
longer, more relaxed, job interview. Unlike a half hour job interview,
an internship gives you the chance to settle in and show your
potential employer who you really are and what you can do. Keep in
mind that employers do hire interns.
Current position: Junior Graphic Designer
Always be on time. Treat your internship as a paid job. The same way
you would be expected to show up on time in a regular job. Your
technical skills and abilities to do the job will be under evaluation.
Your commitment to the work and responsibilities will also be noticed.
Stuck? Ask for help. If you feel stuck with something, don't be
afraid to ask your boss or colleagues for help. This is the time to
ask questions. Your internship is a great opportunity to grow your
skills and learn industry practices. No-one expects you to know
everything. You'll be surprised what conversations can be triggered
just by asking a question. Make it worthwhile; employers appreciate
someone who takes interest and goes above and beyond expectations.
NOTE: Our Bachelor of Graphic Design students have
the opportunity to undertake internships as part of the Communication
Internship subject. In this subject, students are introduced to job
prospects offered by our industry partners. This helps them get a
taste of what areas they can be focusing on and what real work-life
looks like. Most of them turn their internship into paid jobs; the
next successful employee could be you.