Internships are one of the surest ways to get your foot into the workforce and boost your career. But what do you do when internships are hard to come by? With more people graduating than there are jobs available, you need to be smarter than the average college graduate if you want to break into the working force with enough experience while still young.
If you’re a young graduate or even yet to finish college, this article will suggest to you some surefire ways to get yourself ahead of the competing pack when stepping into the job market. So take notes and find the method that best suits you.
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Boost your career without internships
Personal creative work
Take influencer marketing for example. Before those influencers built a platform, they would definitely have found it difficult convincing corporate bodies or marketing firms to give them a shot. But now, with the proof of their reach and influence, it becomes a no-brainer that advertisers and businesses would task them with putting their products or services in front of their audience — the target market.
There are lots of ways to get yourself going. For example, if breaking into broadcasting or television is your end game, you can start a podcast or go into vlogging. If print journalism or PR work is what you’re aiming for, start a blog and do some meaningful creative writing.
Set up goals, give yourself time limits, do well to hold yourself accountable, and aim to have an end product that is significant and draws positive attention. You can boost your career by showing why you’re the real deal.
Find some part-time or freelance work
Take note of the industry and the roles or positions you can comfortably fit into. Comfortably because you wouldn’t want to be overwhelmed with tasks that end up having a negative effect on your future prospects.
If you like coding and want to work with professionals from whom you can learn a thing or two, consider working for a small tech startup. Here, you can do background checks and isolate companies that fit — that work with freelancers, and/or part-time employees and give it a go. Who knows — they might want to work with you and help boost your career for the future.
As noted earlier, internships have become few and rare as the jobs market is quite congested, to put it mildly. So for you to get ahead of the pack, you have to be a rising star who’s sure to provide value for whoever you decide to go work for.
Stay motivated, remain innovative and you’ll do more than just fine. Good luck!
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