Students can take several steps to help them evaluate their career options in the decision-making experience. Here are examples of some strategies:
Completing an internship gives students an opportunity to integrate career-related experience into their undergraduate programs of study through purposeful, planned, and supervised work. Many Wingate University students take advantage of the benefits of completing an internship. According to our May 2011 Graduation Survey, 56.3 percent of graduating seniors completed at least one internship during college.
Benefits of completing an internship:
- Exploration of career options
- Self –discovery by assessing one’s interests, abilities, values, and personality in a work setting
- Application of course concepts in the workplace
- Development of personal and professional skills
- Relevant work experience to add to one’s resume and/or graduate school application
- Option to earn academic credit
- Opportunity to connect with professionals in one’s field of interest
An internship can be a great step towards finding a job. Students who participate in an internship are more likely to have a job offer than those who do not complete an internship. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) 2010 Student Survey, 42.3 percent of the seniors who completed an internship and applied for a job received at least one job offer. Conversely, 30.7 percent of the seniors who did not complete an internship and applied for a job received at least one job offer. In addition, the NACE report found the median starting salary to be nearly 31 percent higher for those seniors who completed an internship.
*Permission to publish statistics given by the National Association of Colleges and Employers
A list of internship opportunities for Wingate University students are found in our online job database, CareerGate. Students should contact their Career Advisor to set up a meeting to discuss their internship needs in detail.
Additional steps students can take to help them evaluate their career options:
- Volunteer at a local area organization in your field of interest
- Network with professionals in your field of interest through professional affiliations and organizations
- Conduct an informational interview or complete a job shadow with a professional in a position that interests you.
- Get involved with an on-campus student organization to build your leadership skills and discover talents and interests you never knew existed!