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Turning your internship into a job

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One of the post-study challenges is finding a job. Having the paperwork is after all no guarantee that you'll get work thrown at you. An internship could be the answer. Here are some tips to turn an internship into a job.

Prove yourself

As an intern you need to be prepared to work hard, very hard, to make your superiors believe in you, so they will be prepared to hire you. Be an asset to the company, not a burden. Arrive on time, don't be the first person to leave, and take the initiative. Stand out.

Ditch distractions

Want to be hired full time after your internship? Then show your manager that you want to work. This means that social media, texting, games like candy crush and other distractions should be kept to banned to when you are back home or lunch breaks. If you want to be taken seriously, than take your internship seriously.

Bottoms up

The world doesn't owe anything you for having a degree so be prepared to start at the bottom, and work your way up. Do the boring tasks and do them well, offer help and assistance to your colleagues, and be humble.

Ask questions

Not sure about something? Then ask questions (and for help) instead of doing something you are not sure about, with the risk of messing up and wasting your manager's time. You are an intern. You are suppose to ask questions.


You won't be able to improve if you don't know how you are doing. Ask your boss how you’re doing, what you could do better, and whether you are meeting the goals of your organisation. This input will help you grow while showing your managers that you are taking your internship – and the company – seriously. It will make you stand out.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 09:22  
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3Monday, 25 August 2014 17:53
I'll only take one thing from here, "The world doesn't owe you anything for having a degree ". Embrace Hardwork. Be ready for it, always.
2Saturday, 23 August 2014 12:09
It's so disheartening, so enervating, to be denied a chance to apply because it's "EE/AA Only". Not many non-EE/AA positions out there.
I wish application forms were colour-blind. I wish South Africa was too.
1Wednesday, 20 August 2014 09:58
I think a further great question to ask is:
- When you think of the best employees who have worked for you, what makes them stand out in your mind?
It sort of plants the idea that you want to stand out and be there.
Then, finally, one of the most important things is to always look and be presentable. That means, neat, clean and tidy.
Just remember, a lot of this is easier said than done. And also very organisation-dependent.