Why working and not getting paid is worth it

When we think of getting a job, we usually think of getting a paycheck every week. That’s the whole point isn’t it? Actually the point or a job is not only to get paid, but also to get paid while learning and contributing your knowledge and skills from college and life onto your career. As much as we like to say it’s all about the money, it really isn’t. This is where internships come in.

Now, most internships are the equivalent to working and not getting paid, although some will pay you or give you some type of compensation. But the majority of the time you are not getting paid to work. And although an internship involves “work” with no pay, the way you truly get paid is by the amount of knowledge you’ll learn and the experience you’ll gain. Did I mention it will beef up your resume quite significantly, because it will.

See at my college, we were required to do three internships in order to graduate. Did I get paid through any of them? No. But did I make tons of connections, network, get a few free tattoos (I interned at a tattoo shop once, so great), talk to editors at Teen Vogue and fashion designers, and win a TV and a Playstation 3 at my company holiday party (we rigged it, I earned it though)? The answer is yes. All of these fabulous things did happen, and those are some of the perks of participating in an internship. But what I got most out of my internships was experience and knowledge, connections and a network of people to utilize when I graduate.

You will learn more through an internships about your major or the industry you want to go into, than you will in a classroom, take my word for it. But that means you need to do your homework and make sure you’re not getting coffee all day, because that type of internship is a waste, so beware!

What it comes down to is employers don’t want to know your GPA. If you graduate and they see you got a degree they really couldn’t care less about the sixty page thesis that you did, or your 3.8 GPA. They care about your work and industry experience. Internships give you depth, experience, knowledge, and show you’re well rounded.If all you’ve ever done is had your head in the books how do they know you can be successful in a work environment as well?

You might not be required to complete internships like I was but my recommendation is to go out on a limb and do it. Summer internships, winter break internships, and part time internships while you’re in school are always available. If you don’t do it the next person in line who did is going to take your job, guaranteed, and then you’ll really wish you worked for free.

Editor-in-Chief, Samantha Tucci

2 Responses to “Why working and not getting paid is worth it”
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