In today's competitive job market you will need to give yourself a competitive edge. Getting some type of hands-on experience related to your program of study will help you to stand out from the other candidates. Work experience enables you to try out your career choice, gain valuable skills, and to put theory into practice. The reasons for getting some type of work experience include:
Deciding if this is the right job or career. Doing the work and being exposed to your career environment will help you with important career decisions.
Get Experience: Classroom knowledge and theory is important, but practical knowledge in an industry is what employers look for. Who would you hire if you were the employer: a recent graduate with little to no experience or one with three or four related work experiences on their resume?
Getting a Competitive Edge in the Job Market: The experience you gain will make you marketable to employers when you start your job search. You will have concrete examples of work experience to discuss during your interview. Almost every interview includes a question about your work history and work experience.
Networking Opportunities: Doing an internship significantly increases your networking opportunities by connecting you with professionals in your chosen field. They also allow you to develop references who can speak to your skills and accomplishments.
Develop your Resume and Your Confidence: Work experiences help you build a strong resume and present well in interviews. Experience is ultimately what sets successful candidates apart in the job search process. When you discuss your knowledge, skills and abilities, you will speak from experience.