Skyline University Nigeria

The Importance of Internships for Career Development

Often, acquiring a college degree or any other related certification isn’t just enough to land you your dream job. More recently, it is becoming increasingly difficult for graduates and students to lay their hands on highly competitive opportunities. For youths aspiring to pursue careers, these persistent realities are major setbacks; for creative others, they see limitless opportunities.

Internships offer prospects for graduates and students to advance their careers by exploring a variety of technicalities within workspaces. Hence, engaging with professionals effectively supports their career choices and experiences and is necessary for personal and professional growth. It enables them to apply the knowledge gained in classrooms practically. Here, they get to experiment with their strengths, weaknesses and areas they need to improve.

There have been massive layoffs by many reputable companies globally as the swift development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) continues to transform public engagements, especially in job delivery. Regrettably, more of these layoffs are on the way. But with internships, students and graduates can explore other viable areas they can harness and develop their skills along those paths. Without gaining this experience, it will be challenging to function effectively in a work environment or get a job.


Worldwide, soft skills such as leadership, organization, time management, teamwork and problem-solving are desperately needed by employers, organizations or companies, to meet current product and service delivery demands. They easily help in securing a job when coupled with classroom knowledge. Acquiring these experiences places you rightly ahead of your colleagues in terms of job seeking and class performance.

Internships are very vital in career development because of their countless benefits. There is a wide array of internship opportunities in different disciplines such as Health Sciences, Management, Law, and Communication among others. Interns get to learn basic ethics needed in any workplace that is not just within the bounds of their discipline. Ethics are essential to building trust within your career path and potentially qualify you for more similar and attractive opportunities. 

Interns stand to test their knowledge, connect with a network of professionals, get introduced to workspace dynamics, determine areas of interest and ultimately encourage you to carve an appropriate niche.

These are just the tip of the iceberg. The intention behind an internship experience is to develop your career as a student so that you would define your suitability and readiness for a similar position after graduation. For graduates, it equips them with the right skills to search for the right job and effortlessly discover it.