By Judit Price
Despite the difficulties of today's job market the fact remains organizations are continuing to hire.
In addition, recent government statistics show that college graduates still command the lowest unemployment rate among all demographics, although the number is still historically high.
So, the good news is that jobs are out there. The bad news is that except for a few specialties the opportunities are fewer, the competition is greater, and the locations may require a major move. And finally, that dream job may not be available at all, requiring significant compromise. In fact, even public service jobs, such as AmericaCorp, are massively oversubscribed with applicants.
I well understand that a realistic appraisal of personal or family economic conditions may preclude any alternative to finding a full time paid position.
But for many, especially young people who can live at home and/or combine a part-time job with an internship, this may be a short-term viable option.
The advantages of an internship are substantial:
The search for an internship requires skills similar to the job search. They include:
School and other resources can be invaluable such as the career services office, networking opportunities with staff, career fairs, company websites and, of course, family connections.
Internships are not for everyone. But the right internship can be a genuine start in the right direction for a fulfilling career.
Judit Price CDFI, CCM, IJCTC, CPRW has an M.S. in Counseling and is a certified career guidance counselor in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She counsels college students and adults regarding career and college options. Judit was the biweekly career and employment related column for The Lowell Sun newspaper. She also authored and published Your Career and Life Plan Portfolio, a workbook for adults and college students.