As the Austrian physicist Albert Einstein already said: “The only source of knowledge is experience.” We would like to write our thoughts about working in different fields and companies as interns. In our counseling workshops, we gathered that lots of good educated young Nepalese girls and boys are unemployed and are looking for what to do next in their career. There are so many possibilities on the job market but where to start. Doing some internship could be a good approach to minimize the gap between theory and practice and to give you a good overview if the desired job is right for you.
Am I really made for the job?
Internships give you the chance to see if the ‘spotted job’ matches your individual personality. We would say that this is the best method to find out about your own capacity and skills that are required in the given field. Profit or non-profit companies offer you this temporary employment for you to find out if you are also suitable for the culture of their organization. Another advantage for your future career is that internships are encouraged by colleges for credit completion and are providing references in your Curriculum Vitae. You can apply your fresh knowledge from school and are mentored by your employer.
But they definitely demand big involvement and effort.
How to get an internship?
The first step in answering the question “How do I find an internship?” is asking “What do I want to do?” Start looking at industries that you’re interested in and get a feel for what they’re looking for. Make a list of the companies or fields you might want to work in, and then start listing potential internships in each one. You should also look at which cities you might want to try out or that you’ve always wanted to visit. Very important is also to look a recommendation. Then you start to make your documents like cover letter und CV ready. Make them special and in connection to what you would like to do for the company. Contact and networking with friends and family can help you to find the right place and get advice and tips. And if you’ve already applied, you need to follow up else all of that work will have been for nothing. You might end up not getting the internship. And if you do get an interview – be prepared.
Limitation of the Internship
An internship is an unpaid or less paid position. In our society, there is often accusation ‘Why work for free after studying so hard?’ People are true in some sense, but HOW can you just focus on the economical aspect when you would like to find job satisfaction and fulfillment both in your future job life? Before being able to get paid for work, sometimes employees need you to gain experience in a particular field. Through an internship, you can get experience to explore your ideas and develop confidence in your abilities. And you find out in time if you should look for another job somewhere else.
In conclusion, working as an internship can be the first place where you can start your career. For sure they don’t give you money but that might give you much more of experience and self-esteem than sitting at home and sending out job application after application. Sometimes internship may turn into a career and sometimes not. It is for you to find out what’s suitable for you. And if you need help Career Disha Nepal is happy to assist you in any questions of career counseling.