I found a recent statistic in a CNN article, “Is an internship the new entry-level job?”, that stated only 41 percent of 18-29 year olds were employed in full-time jobs.
“Full-time employment has dropped 9 percentage points among 18-to-29-year-olds since 2006, leaving only 41 percent of millennials with full-time jobs, according to “Millennials: A Portrait of Generation Next,” a report released by Pew Research Center in February.”
The article talks about how beneficial internships can be, especially for 18-29 year olds when finding a full-time job is challenging.
I agree that an internship or temp job can be a good step for millennials. An internship keeps you in the work force and enables you to make networking connections that you might not have otherwise. Someone you meet through an internship might be the person who can help you find your ideal full-time job.
Internships also give you a schedule to follow. This gets you out of the house so that you don’t find yourself depressed and on the couch every day. Having an internship or temp job can also help fill gaps in your resume.
My recommendation would be to get into an internship for a reason and have a strategy. Make sure that you have a goal and purpose going into it. Do you want work experience? Do you want to create more connections? Or are you looking to just brush up on your skills? If you have a purpose for being involved it won’t feel like slavery. Instead you’re there for a reason, so it’s a win-win situation.
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