Did you know that roughly a third of internships can turn into full-time careers? While some people are lucky enough to get a job offer upon completion of an internship, others will have to make a more conscious effort. How do you make the conscious effort to turn your internship into a job offer? Take a look below to jumpstart your career:
Remember that your employer is always watching. Put your nose to the grindstone from the moment you step into the office. Make and accomplish your goals and be willing to do what is needed. If you handle every task—even simple ones—with professionalism, your skills will speak highly for you. Aim to go above and beyond with the work you put into the company. This can help you gain experience, demonstrate what you have to offer, and help you get a foot in the door.
In order to prove your worth to the company, be proactive and consistent with your intentions. Towards the end of your internship, approach your manager, and have an open and honest conversation about goals and plans. Perhaps you could discuss talking about turning your internship into a part-time position until graduation, and then discuss future options for a full-time position with the company. Having a conversation early on with your managers and human resources representatives can make your intentions, passion, and enthusiasm to continue with the company clear. Coupled with the experience you have gained with the company, this can be a surefire way to start you on the right path.
Include Yourself Within the Culture of the Company
Relationships are key in any business setting. Demonstrate how well you fit into the culture of the company. Ever heard of dressing for the job want, not the job you have? Present yourself appropriately to show what you can offer to the company. You can also show that you fit into the culture of the company by demonstrating the same level of work ethic and dedication as current full-time employees. Network at work and at happy hour, seek out mentorship opportunities, gather advice and tips, and aim to learn from current employees. This can help you fit into the culture of the company and gain future references.
Regularly Seek Feedback
One of the best ways that any employee can grow is to seek constant feedback. Learn about how you can better your work performance, build upon your strengths and fix your weaknesses. Employers will respond well if they know you are working hard to improve yourself and your worth to the company.
With a little bit of luck and a lot of hard work, you can transition your role as an intern into one of a well-regarded full-time employee. At the very least, you will gain some networking contacts and positive references for a future career, which will still set you ahead of the pack.
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