You really need to stand out from the crowdwhen searching for a job!
Since employers prefer to hire graduating seniors who have career-related work experience, internships can be crucial to your job search. Because of this it is well worth considering doing an internship in Africa.
MSU (Michigan State University) collegiate Employment Research Institute found that 50% of employers surveyed agreed students should have 1 internship, while the other 50% believed students should have at least 2 and 10% of those said at least 3 – so start planning your internship abroad now.
The experience you gain might not perfectly match your major or your chosen career path, but it will give you transferrable skills, a notable work ethic, and a competitive edge.
8 Key reasons to do an Internship Abroad?
1 – Gain Work Experience: First and foremost, internships help you gain experience, as practical knowledge in an industry is what attracts employers.
2 – Highlights your skills – It is also useful to see what skills you already have and what you need to work on.
3 – Create a Competitive Edge in the Job Market: This is probably the biggest advantage. You will have concrete examples of work experience to discuss during your interview. A guaranteed question during an interview will be about your work history and internship experience.
4 – Create a Network of Contacts & develop References: One of the most popular ways of finding a job is through networking. Doing an internship significantly increases your networking opportunities by connecting you with professionals in your chosen field. Networking also allows you to develop references who can back up your abilities.
5 – Decide if this is the Right Field for You: You can research the industry, but there is no more effective way of finding out if you like something than actually doing it.
6 – Develop your Resume and Build Confidence: A robust application (often a resume and cover letter) and a powerful interview are ultimately what set successful candidates apart in the job search process. Internships help you prepare both by giving you the experience and skills to build a strong resume and the confidence to give an outstanding interview. When you discuss your knowledge, skills and abilities, you will speak from experience, not theory.
7- Gain university module credits
8 – Apply Classroom Knowledge to the Real World: Preparing academically for your career shows your intelligence and ability to learn, but internships give you the opportunity to apply your knowledge to the real world and develop your qualifications.
Interning abroad in Africa is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in a new country and culture, while gaining valuable international work and resume building experience. Whether you are interested in an internship in teaching, sports coaching, wildlife conservation, community work, medicine or veterinary medicine, a variety of internships are available through Amanzi Travel, in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Nambia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Malawi.
These internships can last any length of time between one week and 12 months, and all these experiences and new skills gained, will make a vibrant addition to your CV and catch the eye of future employers.
So, if you are looking to increase your chances of getting a job whilst challenging yourself, an internship could be a worthwhile option for you.