One of my favourite quotes of all time is “Greatness is not achieved on a silver platter”. Society can readily identify an educated person by the number of schools and qualifications they have attained but usually, fails to acknowledge the skills and abilities a person has. To me, attaining greatness is solely not on book-knowledge alone but the skills, abilities, and experiences a person acquires from a number of different jobs over time.
“Internship” is certainly not a new word or an unfamiliar word to students in the university. To most university students, vacation means relaxation from all kinds of examination stress, a halt to the lecture halls, a break from all kinds of social gatherings. Late night parties and social activities begin; the strong urge to get “quick money” comes to mind while others spend their time searching for organizations, companies and institutions to be employed at, as interns. But then, one could ask the following questions:
During my first year in the university, my first experience as an intern was with a media firm. The strong urge to work alongside going for lectures came to mind. Combining lectures with work was very difficult but I am of the view that acquiring classroom knowledge alone will not fetch me a good career. So I worked as an intern in a media firm on campus aside lectures. The thought of getting huge sums of money never came to mind. Instead, I took it as an opportunity to learn.
One good thing about being an intern is, it shapes and prepares you for the future. During my stay with the media firm, I was able to discover my skills and abilities. Even though I was not paid, the passion to wake up from bed to discover something new at the radio station was strong. Working at the radio station gave me the chance to communicate with people of varied cultures. I was able to hone whatever I had learnt in school and build on it. An internship is not a must or a requirement but rather a step to give you work experience which may prove useful in the future.
My ambitions are to be a Lecturer and an Entrepreneur. I practically had no idea as to how I could achieve these ultimate goals. I could visualize my dreams coming to futility when I started teaching in a preparatory school as a part-time pupil teacher outside campus. That experience was actually my first time teaching. I got to know that the work of an intern is not a trivial job. It comes with a lot of responsibilities and commitments.
Personally, I learnt three things on my own during every internship.
An internship is a very rewarding experience. Many internships have the added benefit of possibly leading to full-time employment. So I would urge young people to avail themselves of this wonderful opportunity.