It’s no secret that the competition for good jobs is greater than it’s ever been. Even young adults with freshly minted college degrees have difficulty finding work in their chosen field. And so career advisors say that it’s more important than ever for them to get real-world experience by working as interns.
Even finding internships is fiercely competitive, but they’re out there, and they are extremely valuable. They’re a real plus on résumés or portfolios, and for those students who land one are a great way to make professional contacts that may prove useful down the road. A hard truth about today’s job market is that more and more, employers want to see that the new college graduates they hire already have some kind of experience.
It can be a real dilemma, though. Which comes first, the chicken or the egg? How do you get experience without that first job? And that’s why internships are so very important. Career advisors say that participating in an internship program not only makes a student a more attractive job candidate, but can also be an avenue to employment.
Cameron Chung is an aspiring sports agent who is currently an account executive in New York. He graduated From Florida State University in May 2014 with a triple major in Finance, Marketing, and Professional Sales. By then he had held three internships: at Q2 Sports and Entertainment and at StudyEdge, both in Tallahassee, and both of which led to a promotions after three months; and as a Finance intern at the American Junior Golf Association in Braselton, Georgia.
“My goal,” he says, “is to work for a major sports agency in the NFL, NBA, or PGA Tour. Agencies such as CAA, IMG, Wasserman Media Group, Relativity Sports, and Lagardere Unlimited are agencies I would love to work for one day.”