After completing your studies, it can be hard to know what to do next, or how you should go about getting into your preferred industry. It’s no secret that the current job market is exceptionally competitive and many positions ask for prior experience. So how are you supposed to get this experience? The simple answer is by completing a HR internship. Completing a HR internship will not only give you the required experience to put on your resume, but also teach you a range of new skills and allow you to continue learning by working within the industry. However, finding an internship can be a bit of a challenge in itself, so here’s everything you need to know about HR internships.
- One thing many people put emphasis on when it comes to HR internships is that they can potentially lead to a full time job. Whilst this can be true, it shouldn’t be your main focus; instead you should be more concerned with learning as much as you can. This includes learning the aspects of the job that you love, and learning the bits that aren’t as exciting. Furthermore, the right position will help you to develop the skills and knowledge you will need in order to succeed in the industry. It is also important to remember that if a position doesn’t offer you a job at the end, you will leave with an employer to put on your resume and prior experience, which will actually help you find your first full time paid job in the industry. So when you are searching for a graduate position, don’t discount ones that sound interesting, just because they don’t lead to a job at the end. There is plenty of time for you to find the perfect job, but only a small window for you to gain the needed knowledge and experience.
- Everyone knows how competitive the job market is at the moment and this is no different for graduate positions. Many graduate schemes will still ask for certain criteria or qualifications to be met when it comes to applying for the job. However, a good resume isn’t everything, this is especially true for start ups and small companies. So what is important alongside a resume? For many companies, passion and a willingness to learn and thrive is just as important as a good education and high grades. When it comes to applying for HR internships, don’t be afraid to show that you’re passionate about the position.
- Once the school year is finished, there are thousands of graduates all clamoring for positions at large, established companies. Whilst bigger organizations are a good option in regards to training positions, they aren’t your only option, in other words, don’t discount start ups and smaller businesses. Although you wont have a well known name on your resume, you will still have experience, and start ups can offer much more than established businesses. For starters, start ups often have smaller teams, meaning you will likely be given more responsibilities. Furthermore, you’ll have more one on one time with industry professionals, so you can ask as many questions as you like and really get the chance to learn as much as possible. Another benefit of a start up is that they often use graduate schemes to find their next employees, so there is a higher chance of you being offered a full time, paid position afterwards.
Although getting an HR internship can be a challenge, it really is worth it in the long run. If you ensure you choose the right position for you, you’ll leave with invaluable experience and knowledge. So, if you follow these steps, you’ll be sure to find the best position and kick start your career!