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Internship: Your gateway to success

Filed on June 24, 2020
Internships vary in job specification.

Gaining some work experience while on campus is a good opportunity to build your soft skills

Internships are a great way to get hands-on experience before you land in your first permanent job. This period of work gives people - mostly students or graduates - the opportunity to gain new skills and experience in a profession they want to get into. They're great for learning new skills, and can range in length from a couple of weeks to several months or even a year.

Internships vary in job specification, with some asking you to shadow existing staff and others asking you to oversee tasks or projects. Interns are being given more responsibility nowadays and the majority of internships now require at least a bachelor's degree. This distinguishes them from work experience placements.

Every university in the UAE offers varied degree of internships - paid or otherwise - giving the newcomers a taste of what to expect in the future. Internships in the UAE can last between three and six months, depending on the company, job placement, and the internship structure, and may be either full or part-time. Expect to work more than your scheduled hours as an intern in the UAE.

While making coffee runs is an internship cliche, it's not outside the realm of potential day-to-day tasks. Before it comes to crossing that bridge, we give you a few 'word of advice' to land in a skillful 'manner'
Dress well: Dress right. Is everyone else wearing business dress? Then you should too.

Be punctual: Put in the hours, as some companies can be rather unforgiving. If your colleagues are at their desk and working by 9 am sharp, make sure you are too. Also, take note if they only nip out for a quick lunch and stay on past their contracted hours. Remember, you're there to impress,
so adapt.

Socialise: Many businesses thrive on good interpersonal relationships among staff and may encourage them through social events. Networking is uncomfortable for many, but it's essential to get this right. A company won't employ or recommend someone they don't like.

Show an interest in the company: If the company has organised your internship properly, you'll be doing work that's useful to them - find out why and how. Show an enthusiasm for the mundane and you'll likely be given more engaging jobs. If your job is largely making someone else's life easier, show an interest in what they're doing and how they're using your work. If it's appropriate, volunteer your services for a variety of projects. Consider working on these outside of normal hours, if necessary.

Get career advice: This is particularly important if you're working in your desired field. You're surrounded by people who are doing the work you want to get into. Use this opportunity to help inform your career plans.

Show your appreciation: Let your employer know how much you appreciated the opportunity to work for them - it leaves a good feeling, and manners cost nothing

- Source: Complete University Guide

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