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Here, there are 4 major entrepreneurial skills that you could learn while interning with a startup -

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If you have done your B.Tech. in mechanical engineering, and want to go for an M.Tech. with a specialisation in automobile engineering, then you can do an internship in an automobile industry and understand if that is your true calling or not. Wikimedia

Suyash Jain, a BBA in retail management student of UPES, Dehradun, didn’t want to sit idle during his vacations and decided to do an internship in the first year itself. He went to an online portal and started applying to multiple internships. Since he didn’t have any previous work experience or any job-specific skills, he faced a lot of rejections before he was finally shortlisted for a marketing internship in a startup. After a telephonic interview with the HR, he was hired for the two-month internship. Since it was a startup, he was needed to handle multiple responsibilities ranging from marketing and business development to blogging and social media marketing. This gave him an exposure to various aspects of a business as well as helped him learn a diverse range of skills including marketing, customer relationship management, graphic designing, and a bit of coding.

While working closely with the core team of the startup, he even developed many entrepreneurial skills like creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, self-reliance, and team building, which later helped him launch his own startup. Being an active student who liked to participate in extracurricular activities, attend workshops, and competitions, he found out that students don’t have enough resources to find out about the events being held in the city and end up missing out on some good opportunities. He saw a problem there and decided to solve it. This resulted in InstaKhoj – a website aiming to promote competitions and events in Dehradun.

Just like Suyash, with an internship, you could also do a crash course in entrepreneurship. You can learn these skills during any internship that gives you a corporate exposure. However, the probability of picking up these entrepreneurial skills will be higher in startups. You would ask, how? Well, startups usually have a flat hierarchy where you often get to work closely with the core team on projects that has a straight impact on the users, thus learn directly from the accomplished entrepreneurs and professionals in a real-time environment.

Here, I have listed 4 major entrepreneurial skills that you could learn while interning with a startup –

  • Leadership – Goals are achieved with focused team efforts and this could only happen with a thought leadership that knows how to take everyone together and utilise every resource and talent in the most optimal way possible. Leadership is not limited to heading a team and delegating work. Instead, it includes a diverse range of aspects from team building and management to staying self-motivated and keeping your team motivated too. While interning at a startup, you get to observe leaders closely and you might even get a chance to lead a team of your own.
Internships can help you achieve the same as it allows you to explore your options so that you can take an informed decision and go further about it. Wikimedia
  • Communication and interpersonal skills – An entrepreneur needs to be highly proficient in every kind of communication with all the stakeholders. This involves having good observation and listening skills, writing skills for emails, reports, and proposals, negotiation skills, ability to delegate work and deal with conflicts while being fair. In a startup, you often work on multiple projects and coordinate with team members having different mindsets and coming from diverse work backgrounds. You sometimes have to face a difference of opinion with a team member or any other technical setback. Here, while resolving these problems, you develop a positive attitude and patience and learn to communicate your views in an ideal manner.
  • Flexibility – It is extremely important for an entrepreneur to be flexible in her business plans and decisions. Optimism, risk tolerance, and acceptance of failure are the 3 major parts of being flexible. In simple words, an entrepreneur must be able to handle failure, redefine her goals, redesign her plans as per the changing market needs, willing to take risks, and keep going. Startups keep on exploring new concepts and this gives you an opportunity to understand and pick up this skill by working on such projects.

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  • Critical thinking – As an entrepreneur, you must be able to recognise opportunities, analyse the problems, plan a creative solution, and take critical decisions for this is the only way a business could grow. During internships, many a time, you are expected to come up with new project ideas, conduct analysis and plan their execution thus helping you inculcate creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving abilities.

Courtesy: Sarvesh Agrawal is the founder  and CEO of Internshala, an internships and trainings platform (internshala.com)

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Done with GATE? Here is how an Internship can Help You!

To help you better understand, here’s a list of reasons why doing an internship before your M.Tech. is a smart way to go

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Getting an internship experience gives you a clarity of thought before your M.Tech. admissions and put you a step ahead of the other aspirants in terms of both knowledge and experience. Pixabay

Another batch of B.Tech. students is about to graduate soon. While most of the students are set to step into the world of jobs, many others are going for post-graduation that is, pursue an M.Tech. degree. In 2018, ~10 Lac students sat for the annual GATE examination. The question is, why are the students going for M.Tech. when they are fairly able to bag jobs after the successful completion of their B.Tech.? There can be two reasons, either they want to make a career in education and research or they aspire to specialize in the subject to get better jobs. In both the cases, the major concern is to decide on the field to specialize in. Now, why exactly are we calling it a major concern? Reason being, the fact that whatever field you decide you might end up working in the same for a long span of time, which is why it is highly important for you to  take a fairly informed and well thought of decision.

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How exactly can you make an informed decision while deciding on the specialty in M.Tech.? Before taking admission to an M.Tech. programme, it is important to research well about all the specializations you can do as per your B.Tech. or B.E. One way to go about it is by reading books and browsing the internet. But, as we are all aware that one of the best ways to learn about a specific field is by actually working in it.

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Internships can help you achieve the same as it allows you to explore your options so that you can take an informed decision and go further about it. Wikimedia

Internships can help you achieve the same as it allows you to explore your options so that you can take an informed decision and go further about it. For instance, if you have done your B.Tech. in mechanical engineering, and want to go for an M.Tech. with a specialization in automobile engineering, then you can do an internship in an automobile industry and understand if that is your true calling or not. To help you better understand, here’s a list of reasons why doing an internship before your M.Tech. is a smart way to go:

  1. Real-time experience in the field: An internship is evidently the best option to choose when you want to earn some real time work experience before actually entering the world of jobs. You can join a company and work on live projects or intern with esteemed professors and publish research papers or even better, do internships with foreign universities and broaden your horizon. Doing either of these internships can truly help you in understanding your interests and aptitude for a certain field, which will ultimately help you decide on what you really want to study in your M.Tech.

2.  A better understanding of the subject: Conventionally, you just learn theories in the classroom but an internship will give you the practical experience as it not only helps you implement those theories but also lets you work on the latest technologies and tools. This helps you gain insights into different aspects of your field of interest thus giving you an added advantage and later helping you with your academics as it would be easier for you to understand the in-depth details of the subjects and technologies.

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If you have done your B.Tech. in mechanical engineering, and want to go for an M.Tech. with a specialisation in automobile engineering, then you can do an internship in an automobile industry and understand if that is your true calling or not. Wikimedia

3. Competitive advantage during M.Tech. interviews: After clearing GATE, for admissions in many of the top institutions offering M.Tech., you’ll have to sit for an interview where your subject knowledge will be tested. In addition to subject knowledge, having an internship experience will put you at an advantage over other candidates as you’ll be having a better understanding of professional etiquette, honed soft skills, a clear perspective about the branch and certainly more structured career aspirations.

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4. Will help you land your dream job after M.Tech: A meaningful internship experience goes a long way. Having an internship experience on resume, be it on live projects or research work or both, puts an exceptional impression on the employers and may eventually help you land your dream job.

Getting an internship experience gives you a clarity of thought before your M.Tech. admissions and put you a step ahead of the other aspirants in terms of both knowledge and experience. And in the end, open up a variety of great opportunities for you when you decide to step into the world of jobs and careers.

Courtesy: Sarvesh Agrawal is the founder & CEO of Internshala