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Discover Your True Calling With Internships

Choosing the right career could be a tricky thing to do. Here, internships can prove to be tremendously helpful by letting you explore your options in a real-time professional environment

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There is a way that can make your career break productive and keep you near your professional life. Pixabay

Apoorv Shivhare, a student of Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, understood the importance of hands-on experience and therefore, started pursuing internships right from the beginning of his college journey. He did internships in different profiles like accountancy, data entry, business development, and market research. However, he was yet to find his true calling, which is why he decided to pursue his fifth internship. It was an HR internship with a reputed organisation.

During this internship, he learned about various aspects of human resource management ranging from recruitment and tracking employee records to handling employee grievances. He picked up various new skills and gained confidence but most importantly, developed a keen interest in the field and thus decided to pursue his career in the human resource management.

Apoorv knew what path to take in order to explore his options and choose the right career for himself. However, a lot of students in India face a lack of such awareness and often struggle to find the best career fit for themselves and sometimes, end up making a wrong career decision. Wondering what could be the reason behind this, I came to a conclusion that absence of proper guidance and the pressure to take a career decision at an early stage of life could be the major causes for this.

So, as a student who is confused about making the right career choice, what could you do about it? Well, in order to make the right career decision, you first need to know where your true interests lie and then, if you have the aptitude to pursue it. It is possible that you are not aware of your interests and even if you are, you don’t really know about the kind of professions you could go for in that particular field.

Choosing the right career could be a tricky thing to do. Here, internships can prove to be tremendously helpful by letting you explore your options in a real-time professional environment. Now, the question is ‘why internships’? Here’s why:

  • Internships are short-term – Internships are short term in nature that is, they only require work commitment for a short-term duration that could range from 2 weeks to 6 months. This provides you with the opportunity to get practical experience in the field on a trial basis so that you try and test a career before you ultimately decide to pursue it on a permanent basis. For instance, your interests could lie in more than one fields say content writing, digital marketing, and human resources. Here, what you can do is pursue 2-3 month long internships in each domain and see which one meets your expectations and decide on the career path you want to pursue.
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
  • Flexible working options – Internships often come with flexible working options (part-time and work-from-home) that allows you to try and test different professions along with managing your college attendance and studies. Not only this, by having flexible working hours, you also have the option to pursue two internships at one time. This way, you could save your time and learn about 2 different fields side-by-side plus you could earn stipend from both of them and can get a sense of self-reliance. For example, you could pursue an internship in content writing and another in human resources – managing both as per your daily schedule.
  • Do not require up-to-date skills – Unlike in the case of jobs, to get an internship, you don’t necessarily need to have a degree or sharpened and up-to-date skills. In fact, internships provide you with an opportunity to polish your existing skills and get them up-to-date as per industry standards. You could still pursue an internship even if you are a first year student of say, computer science engineering and do not possess any knowledge in web development, mobile app development, or software development but have basic programming knowledge.
  • Real-time exploration – Internships offer you with the opportunity to test drive a career that is, it lets you get a gist of the domain in real time working environment – how the industry works, does it meets your expectations, what are the current practices and what skills are required as per the current industry standards. For example, if you are doing a digital marketing internships, you’ll learn various aspects of digital marketing like social media marketing, email marketing, and content marketing. Plus, you’ll learn how much creativity and effort goes into planning various campaigns as well as making marketing strategies.

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So, discerning your real calling with internship experiences could turn out to be exceptionally useful. It could especially help you in avoiding a future situation where you might find yourself stuck in a tedious 9 to 5 job dreaming about all the other careers which you could have pursued instead only if you had made an informed decision.

Courtesy: Sarvesh Agrawal is the founder and CEO of Internshala – an internship and training platform (internshala.com)

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5 Hottest Online Trainings 1st Year Students Should take up

1st year college students should for these online trainings.

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Online training is defined as the learning that is imparted through online content. Pixabay

The first year of college is the formative year for every student as it has a strong impact on your career. Having transitioned from school to college, most of the students have a lot of questions about college and opportunities and they end up spending most of their time in seeking answers. Well, there is no way of knowing where to seek the answers, but you can spend your time doing something that will contribute to your academic and professional growth i.e – online training.

Before we proceed further, let us first understand, what is online training?

In a nutshell, it is defined as the learning that is imparted through online content. It gives the user an opportunity to pursue and access the content anytime and anywhere via laptop, computer or a phone. The content is primarily audio-visual oriented and uses gamification to explain the concept in-depth.

Having discussed what is online training, let us discuss the various online trainings you could opt for in your first year of college

1. Business communication skills:

Good communication skills can make or break an interview, be it a professional or an academic set up. The ability to express your thoughts in words verbally or written is just one aspect of business communication and it is essential to know the rest. Interpersonal skills are another key aspect of business communication and having done a training in Business communication will help when you are applying for a club in college, anchoring a fest or even when looking for an internship or a job. It is a must have skill if you wish to make a positive and a lasting impression on someone.

2. Advance Excel:

One of the most commonly used software.  Knowledge of MS Excel is another skill you that would help you grow professionally. Nowadays, almost everyone has used Excel to a certain extent but it the essential to know more than just average to put yourself ahead of your peers. Having knowledge of advance MS Excel can help you to draw inferences from raw data, structure your data and ultimately make informed decisions.

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Online content is primarily audio-visual oriented and uses gamification to explain the concept in-depth. Pixabay

3. Digital marketing:

All the buzz you hear before the launch of a product is part of Digital marketing. A quintessential trait to have if you ever wish to promote your college fest or spread a message to the masses. It is also a handy skill for future entrepreneurs. It is a vast field with different segments like email marketing, web analytics, social media marketing, search engine marketing, search engine optimization, blog creation, video, and mobile marketing.

 4. Programming with C and C++:

A basic level programming language that that is part of the curriculum in school and lays the foundation to every programming language thereafter. It is used whenever a better command of hardware is required. Doing a training in C and C++ will help you understand the basic techniques of generic application development, integrating function sets and general method of the architecture of business solutions. The knowledge attained would come in handy at later stages or if you ever wish to pursue a career in relevant engineering.

5. Core Java:

It is derived from the C-language and since its inception, has been amongst the top performing programming language. Java is efficient because of which it is frequently used as an enterprise-level software or in complex business problems. It consists of Java Virtual Machine (JVM), which is responsible for converting the code and Java Runtime Environment (JRE), which is used for execution.

Also Read- The Main Benefits of Opening an Online Business

All of these skills are in-demand and have future prospects as well. To ensure that you spend your idle time in the most productive way, enroll for an online training this break!  

Courtesy: Internshala Trainings, a training platform (trainings.internshala.com)