Internships are a great way to get much-needed experience for the job market. For most fresh graduates and those still pursuing their studies, internships are very hard to come by. They always have questions on how to get internships in Kenya.
So how exactly does one get an internship?
1. Do a lot of research
In order to secure a good internship that will complement the course you took in college, you have to research. This will let you know about different companies and what they stand for. As such, it will help you make an informed decision about where to apply and where not to.
There is also the question of the frequency with which certain companies hire interns. As you research, you will get to know which companies are more likely to hire you and this will greatly narrow your search and sufficiently increase your chances of landing that internship.
2. Know what you want
To know exactly what you want is also key to finding the right internship. This is because it will assist you to be strategic about your applications and will make you more organized. Nothing beats having a focus on the job market.
When you have a goal in mind, you will not be swayed by other things n your search and you tend to be more assertive.
3. Network Aggressively
Internship opportunities are rarely advertised and sometimes, they are a matter of chance. The only way to ensure that your chances are better than those of any other job seeker in the job market is to network aggressively.
Find contacts in companies that you want to intern at and impress them enough to make them recommend you to their bosses or hiring managers. You cannot ignore networking if you want to be successful in Kenya’s job market where referrals are the order of the day.
4. Do not give up
In the current job market, getting an internship is almost if not harder than looking for a job. To be successful, you need to be aggressive and follow up on all the applications that you make. Make sure that no opportunity passes you by.
It does not matter how many rejections you get, you must never give up on your search. Take every rejection in stride and psyche yourself up for newer opportunities that you are yet to discover.
Resilience and patience are the keys to success. Use these as guides in your search and you may see a difference this year.