Personally, I did not have a chance to go for an internship during my tertiary school days. I gained most of my job experience through my part-time jobs. However, now as a recruiter of my company, I usually will look out of candidates with good internship experience.
Having your internships in Singapore will plays a big part in your future career progression. As an intern of a company, it gives you the opportunity to have hands on and life experience in a professional working environment.
Here 5 Things to look out for when choosing your Internship
#1 : Company Structure
There are hundred thousands of companies in Singapore. Before you start looking for your internship, you may ask yourself the following two important questions.
What are you looking to achieve at the end of the internship?
What is the career path that you are looking to venture into?
This will help you to determine which is the best company for your internship.
Having an internship in a Multinational Corporation(MNC). Their strong brand name and corporate reputation, possess plentiful resources and capital to offer you stability and attractive remuneration. You will be able to learn their sets of operation procedures which had been tried, tested and proven over the years. MNC have a narrow and specialised job scope, and they work towards being a master of their one trade.
However, having an internship in a Small Medium Enterprise (SME) or Start-up allows you to have lot of opportunities to learn and experience new things. SME usually cultivates an environment that is highly driven and integrated, and employees to be in regular collaboration with colleagues from multiple departments to achieve desired outcomes.
#2 : Company Culture and Working Environment
Since you will be working in the company for at least 3 months and to make the experience an enjoyable one, company culture and working environment are very important.
Each company have their own company culture either Clan, Adhocracy, Market or Hierarchy.
- Clan – family-like, with a focus on mentoring, nurturing, and doing things together.
- Adhocracy – dynamic and entrepreneurial, with a focus on risk-taking, innovation, and doing things first.
- Market – results oriented, with a focus on competition, achievement, and getting the job done.
- Hierarchy – structured and controlled, with a focus on efficiency, stability and doing things right.
As for Working Environment. Some of you may love fast paced environment while other may prefer a creative and fun working environments or even prefer the conservative, less boisterous working environment. The working environment will also help you to determine the people you will be working with in the future and your experience.
A fast paced environment will allow you to experience in working with tight dateline. A creative and fun working environments will allow you to let your creative juices flows and to be expose to new things. A conservative, less boisterous working environment will allow you to focus more on your job.
Personally, I prefer a creative and fun working environment where there are interactions and sharing of ideas with one another.
So, determine which is better suited to your personality and in line with your career goals.
#3 : Mentorship
Mentorship in the easier and fastest way for you to learn in your job. The importance of mentoring relationships becomes clear as we recognize the value of networking and maintaining relationships throughout your professional career. The value of a good mentor is immeasurable when it comes to learning the tricks of the trade. By sharing their insight and knowledge of both the company and the industry, you can be spared a great deal of stress which is often felt by interns when acclimatize to a new work environment. A good mentor will help you to discover your talent and stretch your potential. They will also help you by opening up doors to your future career progression.
If your boss or supervisor may not have the time for it or may not even initiate it. It might be left to you to initiate it.
#4 : Access to the Acquisition of New Skills and Experience
Everyone who are in the same course as you will the same educational experience with you. What stands you out to employers is the working experiences you acquire during your Singapore Internship. This automatically makes you more marketable as the employer require less training and assumed that you are able to handle more responsibilities. An internship offers you the opportunity to put what you know into practice, and most importantly, learn how things are done in the workplace.
Before you enter into an internship with the company, find out if the internship will allow you gain tons of experience and help you acquire a new skills that is relevant to the industry.
#5 : Future Career Path and Progression
You may be thinking about what will happen after your 3 months or 6 months internship with the company? An internship has the potential to turn into a full-time career opportunity after graduation. This will be an added advantage for you as you had familiarize yourself with the company culture and work flow. Future career progression will be easier for you.
With all these 5 Things to look for when choosing your Internship Singapore opportunities, I can assure you that you will enjoy your internship experience.