Internships are the most valuable way to connect the theoretical knowledge you obtain in your classroom to its application in the real world, IE the industrial market. As a first year student, however, I feel its much more important to discover your passion; a field that you love and want to create things in. The sooner you find this, the better. First year, and even second year, is a time to learn as much as you can in many diverse fields, to see what you like doing. So in my opinion, if you do not yet know what you love, learn new things. Try your hand at web or app development. Maybe some competitive coding. Or if you’re into the mechanical side, learn how engines and control systems are designed. Find your passion. Everything else will follow after that.
If you are one of the lucky few to have found it already, pursue it in every way that you can. If you find an internship that deals with your subject of interest, definitely go for it. But the priority is definitely to find what you love doing. So my personal advice to you would be to utilise your time learning new things and finding out what you really want to do. Internships will definitely happen, but it is very important to realise what you wish to work on in the future.
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I would suggest you that you should, as an Engineering student, do two to three internships a year.
One should be related specifically to your subjects and the practical aspect of it so that you get an on the job training and later it will be easier for you to find good jobs as you will hold some if not a lot of work experience.
Next internship should be related to Content Writing/Creative writing as no matter what you field, you must be able to write well and hence express your thoughts, ideas and beliefs in an organised, effective and manipulative manner. This will always help you in your personal and professional life.
The final internship should be related to societal work/NGOs/Social welfare. I say this because this will help you develop your soft skills, understanding of others’ problems/perspectives which is equally necessary when you find a job and meet 100 new people every day.
Do this for 3-4 years and your CV will not only reflect your achievements, but also bring about a change in you as well in a holistic manner.
Hii srishti ,
An internship is something which allows you to develop certain skills and at the same time allows you to have an experience for a job that you might want to do in future.you can also earn along with it various companies have paid internship for students ,so I suggest it would be good for your future prospects to make connections and gain experience if you start an internship right now along with your college .
- Alisha Qureshi answered 1 month ago
Irrespective of the stream of your engineering course, there is limited practical knowledge that can be gained from college, labs or even self-studying. Working as an intern in any field of interest could help you explore a potential career path without needing to be too invested in it, without your life depending on the salary you take home from it, but by solely exploring a new field with a hands on approach and learning practically.
If you look for internships in a mechanical or chemical field, there are chances that you may not get to be directly involved with the operations being performed for safety reasons, but there is an immense amount of knowledge to be gained by observation and by communicating with the experienced blue and white collar professionals there. Most of these people love teaching students what they know. Some of them do not. So make your acquaintances wisely, because these people can be a treasure trove of knowledge.
There are several start-ups looking to hire students as free lancers for graphic design, content writing, web designing, etc. If you have any skills that you would like to improve or work on, this is the perfect time to do so. College is the best place to make new connections and hone your skills, so be alert and pick up any cues for you to demonstrate your talents and pick up internships or part time jobs.
Interning from the first year itself will teach you how valuable these experiences can be and will push you to explore more fields. By the end of engineering, you would have gained immense knowledge from your college education and your internships, allowing you to make the best decision in your career. You would also have a CV full of initiatives that you have taken to delve deeper into your fields of interest, which is appreciated by both companies coming for placements, as well as universities.