Every generation is remembered for a specific event. The 60’s were renown for the social revolutions, the 70’s for the hippies phenomenon, the 2000’s for the advanced technology.
In this very moment – 2016 – one of the biggest concern of university students from all over the world is no longer to revolt against the rules or to spread the ‘peace & love’ philosophy, but how to find a good internship.
A.K.A. that time of your life when you have to study hundreds of pages for your next exam and at the same time you spend seven/eight hours per day doing an unpaid (or barely paid) job.
Companies, law firms, international companies don’t even consider to hire a recent graduate without some work experience. Unless they offer a specific graduate scheme.
This is the reason why – regardless if an internship is mandatory – we all have to find a company willing to welcome an inexperienced student for a period from 4 to 16 weeks. It doesn’t really matter in which field we end up to. What really matters is to start somewhere.
It is right to start looking for those specific companies or firms that are related to our study field. However, we cannot underestimate opportunities, even if outside our preferred sector. We never know what is right – or not – for us until we try it firsthand.
We have to understand as soon as possible what job, role and place is right for us, in order to save time and energy.
The first step to the never-ending application process is to have our CV and cover letter always updated and ready to be sent.
As many of us know, this waiting-phase can take days, weeks, even months where nothing happens.
Until that special day, when we get that email or that call, informing us about the successful outcome of an application we made long time ago, just when all hope was lost.
As soon as they get in touch, there is not much time left to think, as we have to decide quickly if we want to spend the next weeks/months in an unknown office, working Monday to Friday.
We have 2 choices: if we don’t accept, we may preclude ourselves an opportunity that perhaps will not come back. In case we accept, we will have the chance to live a unique experience, surely hard and challenging, but fulfilling.
An experience that for better or for worse it is going to be part of who we are and it is going to be the foundation of the person we want to be in the future.
If we are lucky enough, we will have the chance to meet people from different backgrounds and cultures, which hopefully, may become a point of reference for us both professionally and personally.
We have to be aware as we are living one the most important ages of our life, while we are laying the foundation for a solid future, right after University.
We are no more revolutionary, nor hippies or punks. Now it’s our time: Generation Intern.
Translated from original article