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The Importance of Internships

In a highly competitive job market, employers look for candidates who show initiative and a willingness to work. For young adults transitioning into the workforce, it is more important than ever for your resumé to demonstrate a history of hands-on experience that distinguishes you from other candidates.

Why Pursue an Internship

Employers are increasingly treating their internship and work experience programmes as a means for hiring entry-level applicants, so investing your time in such a scheme is an investment in your future. Depending on what stage you are at in your education, an internship can either provide you with your first taste of invaluable ‘real world’ experience, or fine-tune your interests as you commit to pursuing a career path.

Finding an Internship

Caymanian students are lucky to have such a wide variety of internships available to them which cater to various interests and skill sets. Many of the big law and accounting firms on-Island offer internships and work experience opportunities to students each year. These are usually advertised in the local newspaper in the months leading up to the summer break, but increasingly companies are pushing out their internship and work experience ads via social media. Smaller companies may also advertise their internship opportunities in the paper and on their social media avenues so it’s worth regularly checking both. Alternatively, students can reach out to companies directly and inquire about any work experience opportunities. Whether they are advertising for an intern or not, they’ll appreciate the go-getter attitude and a position might just open up! Students should also speak with family, friends and teachers about whether they have heard of any upcoming internships.

Applying for an Internship

If responding to a company’s advertisement, the application process will usually be specified in the ad’s fine print. In some instances, companies have their own application portals where applicants can upload any relevant information. Usually, however, the process involves emailing a contact at the company with a cover letter and resumé. Students should always make sure their resumés are kept up-to-date to ensure you are ready to put your best foot forward.

TOP TIP: Before leaving your internship, speak with your supervisor about obtaining a letter of recommendation. Keep in touch so that you can reach out to him or her down the line when you are in need of a reference. This is also a great way for keeping yourself on your supervisor’s radar, should any future job opportunities crop up.


5 Reasons Why Internships are Important


Real life experience: Understanding the soft skills needed in the workplace is an important part of developing a sense of professionalism. Work experience encourages skills in communication, problem-solving and teamwork to evolve.

 

 

Networking: An internship is a great opportunity to meet and get to know professionals in your chosen career field. Take advantage of your time working alongside established industry experts and build deeper connections. Doing so can be very beneficial to your future career.

 

 

Figuring out what you like: Trying out different things gives you a better idea of the career path you want to pursue post schooling. An internship can either confirm your passions, or, in the event that you didn’t enjoy your internship, confirm what type of job you don’t want.

 

 

Build your resumé: Any experience gained is experience you can add to your resumé! Having a resumé that demonstrates professional experience can give you a leg up on any competition when applying for your first job out of school.

 

 

Transition into a full-time position: Although not a guaranteed outcome, some employers will headhunt previous interns as they have seen first-hand how you fit within the company and have already invested time and money into your training.

 

 

 

 


Take a look at Dart Enterprises and The Ritz-Carlton who provide thorough and highly-regarded internships on island.

 

 

 
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