An externship is more than just an awesome way to get real-world experience in the field you’re looking to start a career in. For many people, it can be the deciding factor as to what route they ultimately pursue in that career. Why? Because externships give participants a sneak peek at a day in the life of – whatever profession happens to be the focus of that externship. Let’s take a closer look at what externships are, and how they can help you when it’s your turn to enter the workforce.
What is an externship?
To sum it up – an externship is some type of short-term, on-the-job training that gives students practical experience in their chosen field. That might include shadowing an employee or going straight to hands-on participation in a real-life work setting, but it’s a great way to test drive a potential career path.
How are externships different than internships?
One difference is typically the length of time they run. Externships are usually relatively brief, whereas an internship might last several months. Another key difference is that most externships are unpaid, while an internship may pay a small amount.
What are the benefits of an externship?
- Networking potential – the ability to interact with people who are already working in the field you’ve chosen, not only offers an insider’s perspective – it could also lead to opportunities down the road.
- An inside look at the career you’ve chosen – What better way to prepare for your future career than by observing the daily routine you can expect in a real-world setting?
- Minimal, short-term commitment – Most externships are designed to fit seamlessly into your program curriculum and require no financial investment.
- Help you find the right fit – Actually spending time observing the career you’ve chosen in a realistic setting can narrow your focus and help you decide if it’s the right path for you.
- Relationship building – Externships can result in life-time connections with mentors, colleagues and other professionals in that field of interest.
How do externships benefit you when you’re entering the workforce?
The answer is – all of the above! But externships can also help you build critical communication skills and maybe more importantly, confidence in your ability to achieve your career goals.
To sum it up, it truly comes down to one word – preparation. The primary goal of any externship is to prepare you for what comes after graduation by putting you in the real-world environment you’ll be working in. That’s what makes them such an important part of any training program. It’s also why every program at Interactive College of Technology, (ICT) includes an externship at a company in your chosen field. Because there really is no substitute for hands-on training in the actual workplace and because – your future matters. If you’d like to learn more about the programs at ICT, call us today. Or visit us online at – ict.edu.