A friend of your’s happens to mention Bill Gates. What’s the foremost thought in your mind? Microsoft? Richest man in the world? That guy who gave us Windows? Quite possibly you think of all of these terms in relation to good old Bill. Do you ever associate the word intern with Mr. Gates? Hard to imagine isn’t it? Believe it or not, Bill Gates started off as an intern at in the U.S House of Representatives.
So was Apple mastermind Steve Jobs. Jobs was in charge of setting in screws at the HP (Hewlett-Packard) assembly line, at the very young age of 12. As a matter of fact, Steve Jobs is quoted as saying he “learned a lot” during his stay at HP. That is how important post-college industrial training can be.
In today’s world, the uppermost question on an interviewers lips is going to be, “How experienced are you?”. And this is precisely the question most fresh-out-of-college students dread to face. Not to worry though, wipe the sweat off your forehead and continue reading; there is a solution. And that solution is, industrial training or an internship if you will. Undergoing industrial training right out of college is quite possibly one of the best ways to kick-start a bright career filled with endless possibilities. And if you are still dubious, or just plain lazy about signing up for courses in industrial training, here are a few key benefits to signing up for an internship.
This one is an obvious no-brainer. All those years of attending college lectures (mixed with a healthy dose of skipping those lectures, no doubt) has given you plenty of theoretical knowledge in your field of choice. However, what good is sound theoretical knowledge without practical experience to back it up? That, is what industrial training is all about. Providing a practical outlet for your store of theoretical know-how.
As you and me are both aware, any interviewer going through your resume is going to be just as interested in your previous job experience, as he is to be in your academic achievements. In today’s world of cut-throat competition, this is a fact you are going to have to accept. Practical experience has surpassed academic achievements as a decisive factor, and an interviewers is likely to give more preference to someone with practical knowledge than someone with a fancy academic background.
This is one of the biggest benefits to enrolling for industrial training. An internship will put you in touch with people who are experts in their fields and have up-to-date knowledge of the current developments. This allows you to stay abreast of the current developments, thereby increasing not only your knowledge, but also ensuring you can confidently get up to answer any practical knowledge testing questions put to you by an interviewer.
During your tenure at any company as an intern, you will get a first-hand look at how people work in their respective fields. This puts you in a prime position to not only study them, but also learn to develop your own teamwork and interpersonal skills.
Most companies providing internships or industrial training have placement programs that will put you in touch with the right people at the end of your training, in order to enter and further your career. Additionally, if your progress and learning skills have been gauged to be at an acceptable level, you may even be picked for an in-house position within the company itself, which often provides several benefits of its own.
So, that’s a list of the benefits provided by industrial training and internships. Always keep in mind, even the most brilliant and successful people of today’s world were interns and freshers once. It’s quite possible that what they are today, was put into action when they enrolled for industrial training at a company within their field of choice.
By: Vipin Jain