Internships

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8 Benefits of Doing a Summer Internship Abroad

Category : Internships , My First Job

The benefits of taking on a summer internship or an overseas internship program are extensive. Not only will you gain the experience you need to carry out a full-time position, but your confidence will improve, you’ll build up your connections, and you may even land yourself a job if you really impress. However, simply showing your face every day is not enough. You need to ensure you make the most of your internship if you are to truly experience the benefits. Here are my top eight tips to help you do so:

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  1. Record your experience throughout – You should take the time to record your experience while interning. You could keep a diary or write regular blog posts – the choice is yours. This is important for self-reflection and progression, yet it can also serve as a portfolio for potential future employers. But, remember to be careful with what you include so that you don’t breach any confidentiality agreements.
  2. Read the literature – Through my experience, there are many people that take on summer internship programs yet never read any related literature. They don’t pick up a book or read any blogs or articles to do with the industry. If you want to progress, you need to immerse yourself in the field you are interested in completely.
  3. Choose 1-2 skills you want to develop the most – You’re not going to become a master in your field overnight, and a lot of interns make the mistake of trying to develop as many skills as possible. Instead, focus on one or two key skills and hone these.
  4. Ask for a reference letter – You should always seek a reference letter from your internship placement. You will be able to use this reference letter when you apply for any jobs in the future, and it will validate that you are a good candidate for the position.
  5. Have a positive attitude – It is normal to feel apprehensive, nervous or even a little bit shy when you experience your first internship. After all, you’re taking a step into the unknown. But, it is important to have a positive attitude. You should be enthusiastic and willing to take on any task that is thrown your way, irrespective of how tedious it may seem.
  6. Network and socialise – When doing the summer internships abroad, the importance of networking and socialising cannot be undervalued. You will meet key individuals that can potentially grow your career. This is especially the case when you engage in an international internship, such as a London or Hong Kong internship from Elite Intern. Your contact book will become global, and this can really benefit you in the future.
  7. Be professional and stay focused on what you want to do – It is vital to remain professional and focused at all times. Don’t get distracted by your mobile phone or Facebook.
  8. Talk to your manager and ask for feedback – You will never be able to progress if you do not get a true reflection of your current performance. It is vital to talk to your manager so you can receive constructive criticism that will help you to continue to grow and improve.

Author Bio
Andrew Ho

Andrew Ho

Andrew is the Co-founder of Elite Intern, an international internship placement agency with our base in Hong Kong and operations in London, Shanghai and New York. Elite Intern’s internship program covers more than 20 industries and 5000 employers. It strives to offer students the top internships to advance their career and personal development.


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Job Openings For Teens

Category : Internships , Job Search

There are diverse reasons why teens should consider working. One of these is to enable them get extra money to spend on items or activities that their allowances might not cover. There is also the advantage of gaining useful work experience. This post provides guidance on how you can find job openings for teens.

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Online Job Search Websites

There are different ways to finding a job, one of which is through the Internet. Job sites, forums and boards are not in short supply online. However, some of these sites are more reputable and helpful than some others. Here we present some top job sites you can use for your next job search — in no particular order.

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Jobs For 16 Year Olds

The good news is that at 16, you are just starting your career, and you can get some seriously valuable experience if you know what kind of jobs to take. In fact, if you are the sort of person who has already proven quite talented at something, don’t put that on hold to start working in an office or restaurant. Try to think of a way to make that talent work for yourself in a setting where you get paid for it.

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How to Find a Volunteer Job

Category : Internships

How to Find a Volunteer Job

Volunteering provides a great opportunity for people to show their support for a cause or an organization. It is a great way for job seekers to make good use of their time while hoping for that much-desired career advancement. You do not only get the pleasure of using your time for something good when working as a volunteer, but you also get to have access to several benefits that could ultimately land you that dream job. However, to enjoy these benefits, it is important that you get it right on how you go about finding a volunteer job. The aim here is to prepare you toward making the right choice.

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Are More Teens Volunteering?

Category : Internships , Job Search

Forbes.com has an article about a survey from Harris Interactive that found that more teens volunteer than work part time.

“The random national telephone survey released this week by the Federal Way-based charity World Vision found that more teens volunteer to support a charitable cause – 56 percent – than have a part-time job – 39 percent.”

but adds,

“The Harris Interactive survey found a quarter of teens have become more involved in charitable causes or organizations as a result of the economic downturn, but the economy has also led to cuts in allowances, and has teens working more hours at a paying job.”

So are kids working more or less? It’s hard to tell, and while I hope that teens are getting more involved in their communities, the current state of the economy is forcing more kids into the workplace. Hopefully myfirstpaycheck.com can help them.


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From Intern to Employee

Category : Internships

One of the great things about our site is that we managed to keep it so flexible. So while, our name seems to imply that we only allow job postings, feel feel to post (and search) for internships and volunteer opportunities as well.

That being said, I wanted to pass on this article by Tara Weiss on Forbes.com with advice on how to take advantage of a summer internship and turn int into a job offer.

Basically, “Treat it as a 10-to-12-week job interview,” says Alex Taylor, a vice president of university relations at Bank of America.

And while this was written for internships, all of the advice is applicable to any entry level job. Especially this one, Don’t be shy about asking questions, especially if you need clarification on an assignment. No one wants to be a pest, but its best to get it right the first time.


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Student Summers: Jobs vs. Internships Round 1

Category : Internships

I argue that its not necessary for college students to intern during their first or second summer of college.

This is going to be the start of a fun debate between me and Willy from OneDayOneJob.com, keep reading!

What do you think?


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Seth Godin’s Internship Program

Category : Internships

Seth Godin recently announced on his blog that he was looking for interns, I read right over it but Brandon Laughridge decided that it was the internship for him.

What did he do? Started an advertising campaign, obviously.

Brandon created http://www.sethsfavoriteintern.com/ and has done pretty much everything else he can think of to show Seth that he is the best candidate.

As my buddy Willy wrote on his great site, Brandon’s efforts are a great example of the showing off necessary in a job application. Willy wrote, “instead of telling a company that you’re qualified, show them that you’re qualified. You can fake a resume, but you can’t fake something like a Search Marketing and Social Media campaign. If Brandon put on his resume that he was able to convince bloggers to write about him, it wouldn’t sound very impressive. If he aggregates all the posts about him on his site and makes it easy for Seth Godin to find them, that is impressive.”

I think its brilliant. Brandon, if Seth doesnt put you to work, I will.