Connect to Learn: Internships and Apprenticeships
A growing trend in the U.S for both students and companies is the use of internships and apprenticeships. For students exploring career interests and gathering information, they’re great opportunities to gain experience in a working and learning environment. For companies they offer insight into the incoming generations of employees as they engage and provide help in the workplace. In some cases, for a company and student who’ve had a successful collaboration, the partnership becomes a welcome, future hiring opportunity for both.
There are several differences between internships and apprenticeships. The basics are listed here, however an excellent article further detailing the differences can be found at the included Glassdoor.com link below. Each state should have some information listed on their education website, such as Washington State’s link listed below. Check your state for program information. Also below is a link to an apprenticeship program article that includes a European perspective about benefits and challenges.
Internships: Generally do not require or expect previous field experience, range from one week to maximum a few months in length-often in the summer or evening hours to accommodate students, and may or may not offer financial compensation since the focus is learning and experience.
Apprenticeships: Generally follow a researched level of interest in the field by those who apply, range from months to years- usually longer hours such as 6 to 8 because of the training and education, offer financial compensation so students can earn money to sustain their lifestyle while learning.
Training Programs: There are varieties of industry career training programs ranging from privately owned schools to universities. As with any education plan it is important to do some research and ensure the school you choose has the proper and necessary accreditation, industry reputation, and success track record to make the most of your efforts and graduation plans.
Crossing the Bridge to Success: The Interview
As the old—and true—saying goes, “You’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression”. On the road to success, job interviews are some of the most important stops you’ll make along the way. Though the most important job anyone will have before getting a job, is to walk into the interview with a smile and your best first impression.
When it comes to how to dress for interviews, there are going to be differences between different careers and positions. For example: If you are interviewing for a computer technician position, the appropriate look will most likely be more casual than if applying for a district manager position. Either way there are some basic principles to follow:
*Dress appropriately for the occasion and for the job type. See the articles below!
*Practice talking about the highlights of your career, and/or school life, ahead of time. It helps to write them down and read them to someone else or yourself out-loud. Gathering your strengths together ahead of time will help you present them with confidence.
*Arrive 10 minutes early for your interview time. Not to early, and definitely not late.
*As mentioned earlier, smile! If you’re happy to be interviewing, you’re presenting that you’d be happy to be hired.
Below are some great information links to popular articles that will help you plan in many ways for those all-important interviews.