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Discover your true calling with internships!

Apoorv Shivhare, a student of Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, understood the importance of hands-on experience and therefore, started pursuing internships right from the beginning of his college journey. He did internships in different profiles like accountancy, data entry, business development, and market research. However, he was yet to find his true calling, which is why he decided to pursue his fifth internship. It was an HR internship with a reputed organisation.

During this internship, he learned about various aspects of human resource management ranging from recruitment and tracking employee records to handling employee grievances. He picked up various new skills and gained confidence but most importantly, developed a keen interest in the field and thus decided to pursue his career in the human resource management.

Apoorv knew what path to take to explore his options and choose the right career for himself. However, a lot of students in India face a lack of such awareness and often struggle to find the best career fit for themselves and sometimes, end up making a wrong career decision for themselves. Wondering what could be the reason behind this, I came to a conclusion that absence of proper guidance and the pressure to take a career decision at an early stage of life could be the major causes for this.

So, as a student who is confused about making the right career choice, what could you do about it? Well, in order to make the right career decision, you first need to know where your true interests lie and then, if you have the aptitude to pursue it. It is possible that you are not aware of your interests and even if you are, you don’t really know about the kind of professions you could go for in that particular field.

For this, you could research thoroughly and take career assessment tests to learn about the options as per your personality and abilities. However, choosing the right one among them could be a tricky thing to do. Here, internships can prove to be tremendously helpful by letting you explore your options in a real-time professional environment. Now, the question is ‘why internships’?

Internships are short term in nature that is, they only require a work commitment for a few weeks or months usually ranging from of 1 to 6 months, thus providing you with the opportunity to get hands-on experience in a particular field on a trial basis. Additionally, internships often come with flexible working options (part-time and work-from-home) that allows you to try and test different professions along with managing your college attendance and studies.

Another good reason to explore with internships is that they don’t require you to have sharpened skills or a college degree. However, they do present you with the opportunity to learn up-to-date skills as well as assess the profession as per your expectations from it. This way, internships could enable you to make the right career choice for you and could prevent a future situation where you might find out that you don’t enjoy doing your well paying job and your true passion lie somewhere else.

By: Sarvesh Agrawal is the founder and CEO of Internshala

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