My Turn: Want a job? First, get an internship
Re “Got my college degree, but still no job” (Alyssa Caruana, Monitor Opinion page, Sept. 13):
Many college students have the perception that if they can only finish their degree, employers will be lining up after graduation to hire them. In today’s economy that just isn’t the case. Trying to find a job shouldn’t start the day after your graduation. It should begin with an internship your last year of college.
As a hiring manager, I have led a successful internship program over the past six years. I have hired more than 70 percent of the interns who have participated in our program to full-time positions after their internship was over. Even the ones who were not hired were able to use the experience to find employment elsewhere.
An internship is a win/win for the company and the student. The company gets a low-cost way to recruit new talent and determine if he or she would be a good fit for the organization. The student gains valuable experience while at the same time getting a foot in the door for potential full-time employment.
If you do not actively seek out an internship in your last year of college, you are setting yourself up for unemployment or underemployment after graduation. If you land an internship, here are my three tips on how to leverage it into a career:
1. Report to work five to 10 minutes early every day! If you are late regularly, employers will not hire you.
2. Don’t call in sick unless you are truly sick! Employers want reliable team members, and chronic absenteeism will not get you a job.
3. Be enthusiastic! If you show up to an internship with a “trading time for money” attitude, employers will not hire you.
If you want to avoid spending your next summer sending out hundreds of resumes, start looking for an internship now. If you are selected for an internship, make the most of it. Learn everything the company will teach you, and show your supervisor you are a rock star.
(Adam F. Czarkowski is director of service delivery and support for DSCI Corp., a provider of hosted voice over IP and connectivity services oration. He is also a candidate for the Ward 1 seat on the Concord City Council.)