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Five tips on how to turn your internship abroad into a job offer

Five tips on how to turn your internship abroad into a job offer

Students have the tendency of thinking about an internship, whether abroad or home, only as the perfect opportunity of building their skill sets and gaining experience in a particular field. Yes, this is true. But what students tend to forget and don’t even consider is that taking an internship at any company can be the first step in getting hired there. Even if your internship company does not have a position available, there is still a possibility of getting one of newly created posts for stellar interns who proved themselves to be precious team members. 

In this article we offer you five tips on how you can turn your abroad internship into a job offer.

1. Have a career path in mind

In some countries students feel the need to do an internship with a company to get a feeling about what real life is all about. And because of this, students tend to search for easy internships, which may not help them in the future. So before getting an internship you have to decide on the field you want to work in. Do a little research about yourself before you start looking for internship positions. What kind of job do you want after college? How do you see your career path? How do your studies look to the professional world? These are huge questions that you have to answer before applying for an internship.

Once you have decided on a direction, you can look for companies in that field. Better yet, look for growing companies. They are likely to hire you on the spot. Choose wisely and choose with your heart.

2. Best moment to intern abroad is during your senior year or even after graduation

This is the perfect time to use your internship to get a job. Some schools don’t allow their students to spend abroad their final semester. This may complicate things. Fortunately, there are a lot of summer internships you can choose from. If you intern at a big company abroad during your senior year, the spot might be held for you until graduation. And this is something smaller companies may not be willing to do.

It is crucial to build a relationship with a company and maintain it until you graduate. Then, once you finish school, you can contact your internship company and ask them “Any chance you’re hiring?”

3. Prove your worth and ask the right questions

Once you start the internship, what is the best way of being noticed and gaining respect? Saying YES! 

Yes to learning, yes to taking additional work and responsibilities, and yes to social events and happy hours. Say yes until you can’t say it anymore. Of course, you have to do it in a reasonable manner, for safety and health purposes. The most important thing is to look committed to the team, and the right people will notice that.

Companies mostly provide interns with entry-level tasks. Even if all these tasks are easy, you can still try to understand the bigger picture. That is why you should ask questions about it. Ask about the sales strategy of the company and what your manager is focusing on, try to understand the ideas behind your assignments and be eager to know more and more. 

Being always interested in learning more about how the company works will show your willingness to step into a larger role, one with more responsibilities.

4. Get to know your coworkers socially

More than half of the company’s decision to hire new employees comes down to “do I like them?” and “do I like them enough to spend more than 40 hours a week with them?”. That is why you have to get to know your coworkers, especially the hiring managers. If they ask you to get a coffee together or go to lunch, never say no. Try to chip in on any social event or gathering. Yes, there will be a lot of small talk or awkward silences, but don’t back down and push forward to the point where you are comfortable. Even better, get to know the hiring manager of the department you work in or a senior manager, even if that person is not the one you report to.  

5. Ask about any position openings before you end your internship

Don’t wait until your last day of your internship to ask for any job openings. It is good to plant your seed sooner rather than later. Of course, you should not ask this on your first day, but after you’ve integrated yourself into the company’s environment, you can pop the question. The best moment to do so it about halfway through the internship. This will give your internship manager time to think about it.

Once you have started a connection with a company, don’t let it die. Follow-up on your request when your internship comes close to an end (maybe a month before you are leaving). If you are still in your senior year and will graduate next year, remember to stay in touch with the company.

These are the most important things you have to do if you want to turn your internship into a stable job. Good luck!

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