So you just graduated. What now?
Well, some may argue that it’s time to find a job. I agree with that– eventually. Because to find a job, you might need to consider an internship first.
A few reasons NOT to intern after you graduate:
You already have a great job lined up.
The internships you’ve gotten are unpaid (I advise against unpaid internships; in my opinion you should be doing real work and therefore should be paid. If you aren’t getting paid, you don’t be doing real work, and then what’s the point?)
You’re not trying to work.
A few reasons to intern after you graduate:
Your dream company hires entry level employees from their interns (this is a commonality in the PR/marketing/advertising industry, and I’ve seen it in plenty of others like accounting).
You want to try out a career path before committing to it.
You’re breaking into a competitive industry.
You want to learn more about a company to see if you fit in.
You’re going to graduate school and want to get experience over the summer.
You’ll gain experience that you would also gain as an entry-level employee (very true of my internship experiences).
You’re trying a new city.
You’re trying to be employed.
Graduation is merely a ceremony and you aren’t quite ready to be a full time adult yet so an internship is a good trial run for the real world.
Yeah, that one.
The bottom line: An internship is often a stepping stone to a full-time job in the career you want, so don’t overlook it. A few months as an intern will be 100% worth it in the end, especially when you might otherwise be spending those few months looking for a job.
Remember that even med school graduates start as interns in hospitals. If you’ve learned anything from Grey’s Anatomy, it’s that we all need to start somewhere. And one day you’ll blink and be the world’s best neurosurgeon or something.
See, internships aren’t all bad.