You did it! After countless applications and cover letters, you found the perfect internship! Now what? If you are like many people, you are likely already worrying about a full-time job now when you graduate.
Take time to stop and smell the Roses
First, relax. You have plenty of time to figure out your post-graduation plans. Focusing on your current internship is the best thing you can do for your career. If you are lucky enough to have the opportunity to receive a full-time position after the completion of your internship; be smart and take some advice from the Vocate Team.
Always find ways to go above and beyond your job title
Whatever your job title is, don’t let that limit your possibilities. Complete projects your boss assigns to you, but do more than that. Always ask for more work and make it clear where your passion lies within your job.
The most attractive thing you can do for an employer is express your passion towards a meaningful career
Showing interest in a specific area of a company, helps you get recognized by your boss, which will strengthen your chances for a return offer.
Engage with your boss and seek mentorship
Another great way to boost your chance of a return offer is to actively engage with your boss and other employees in the company. Constantly ask questions and delegate time to talk to employees. This is an easy way for you to learn more about the company and where you fit in it while also developing mindful insights into career pathways that best suit your passion. The more involved you become with your boss and the company, the more you stand out as a capable candidate for a full-time position.
If you get an offer don’t rush into accepting one
So you’ve followed all these steps and it all pays off. Your boss offers you a job for post-graduation. Just because you got an offer, does not mean you should immediately accept it. Before jumping into a job after college ask yourself some questions:
- Are you genuinely excited about this job, not only about getting a return offer?
- Does the position adequately apply your talents and passions?
- Is the salary in line with comparable positions, and does it work for your personal budget?
- Will the position help you advance your professional goals?
- Are you comfortable with the company culture and working environment?
- Is this a company that you can align with and feel excited and passionate about?
If you are not satisfied with your answers to these simple questions, take a step back to reassess what is best for you. This may mean holding off on accepting an offer until the right one comes around. For when that time comes, don’t forget to log into Vocate and get matched with new and exciting employers!