Following the Twitter chat with Ajibose Gbolahan, HR Officer Mabco-Dee Investment Ltd, on the topic “Various vacant jobs require years of experience. What’s my fate as a fresh graduate?”, we have realized that although fresh graduates can apply for jobs requiring up to a year of experience, the companies are only willing to hire them if they have some professional skills and qualities. It is important to learn these in a professional work environment. There are various ways for this, from paid internships which not only help you build your skills and give you a stipend to work placements where you are assisted on important industry related work while studying. Here are a few ways students and fresh graduates could add up to their skills and experience. Read on…
Paid internships are a good way to build up your skills and professional knowledge in a particular field. This is not just counted as useful but the experience you gain during the internship can help you get a job that requires up to one year of experience. A paid internship helps you not only gain the professional understanding and work required of a particular profile, but also trains you to be a good time manager and gain confidence in your capabilities. An internship is completely different from a freelance or part time job. Paid internships can often help you impress the company and get permanent employment there.
Unpaid internships are useful for those people who do not have any skills for the particular job, but are willing to gain professional knowledge of the profile. A lack of skills may not help you get paid internship, but an unpaid internship will certainly ensure that when you apply for a job, you have that professional knowledge and a little of the working expertise to help you land an employment with good salary later on. Unpaid internships should be kept up to four to six weeks only, as although it is giving you an opportunity to learn, you are entitled for a pay. In case, you find opportunities to learn and grow better at a company which is offering unpaid internship, and in case you decide to take it, make sure you give it 100 per cent and take 100 per cent from it as well.
A work placement is the work experience required by many universities in order to complete a course offered by them. This is a compulsory part of the degree, just as much as the examinations. In a work placement, you typically focus on learning study-related projects or supporting the work of the company you are working in. A work placement usually doesn’t end with an employment. The employer acts as a mentor and also offers reviews on the performance.
A lot of people also do volunteer work. However, volunteer work, besides being unpaid, is not counted as a work experience. Paid internships, unpaid internships, as well as work placements can help fresh graduates land a job with requirement of six months to one year of experience. Besides this, natural caliper, skills, and confidence play a key role.