Internships: More Than Just Practical

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Internships: More Than Just Practical

This blog post was written by Hannah, our Campus Ambassador from Loyola Marymount University.

Someone once told me something very wise. She said that you will never do anything more in life than your work. Every day, every week, every year, you will spend more hours working than you will sleeping, eating, doing hobbies, seeing friends and family, everything. So you better love it.

I can’t tell you how much that made an impact on me. I have a natural tendency to be a complete workaholic. I would have no problem working for 15 hours a day at my job. And I always thought of that as a bad thing; I felt like I should my relationships and personal life first. You know what they say, “Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” Honestly though, I feel like it’s all just about balance. Loving your personal life and your job.

Loving your job? Easier said than done. In today’s society, it feels like more people hate their jobs than love them. The question is how do you find a job that you love? The answer could be internships. Yes, internships provide a very practical way of gaining work experience and creating an impressive resume before you’ve even walked at commencement. However, this is the time for you to experience what a career is like in several types of careers without being locked into a dead-end job you don’t like. Not interested in PR like you thought you were? It’s cool, the internship is over in a month and then you can try something else.

I know what I am saying may feel unnatural for some. What’s the point of a resume with internships in different fields across the board? I have interned everywhere from a music marketing and social media company, to Intern Queen, to a branding firm to a legal nonprofit. With each internship, I found that I liked what I was doing, but I didn’t love it. That is until I found my most recent internship. It’s like a light bulb has turned on in my head. This internship is all it took for me to discover that it’s what I want to do for the rest of my life. One hundred and ten percent positive, no doubt in my mind. Now I know exactly what I need to be doing (as far as school and work) to make my dreams come true.

You won’t get your dream job as an intern. But, you might be able to figure out what that dream job really is. In today’s society focused around money and success and starting your career preparation at age 14, don’t forget that it is equally as important to absolutely love your job.