The Many Wonderful Advantages of a Virtual Internship
With the rise of entry-level jobs that require anywhere from three to five years of experience just to get your foot in the door, many struggling students and graduates find themselves asking the question: “How can I get experience if all the entry-level jobs require experience?” Of course, this is a catch-22 with no easy answer. There is, however a ray of hope: a virtual internship. Keep reading to find out more about just how this works and how it can help you get that coveted experience.
The “just get an internship” advice is pretty bad!
The simplest answer, of course, is “get an internship”. Sounds easy, right? Not quite. Much like a standard job, internships are still highly coveted and competed for in a sluggish economy. Furthermore, there isn’t much data as to their efficacy in aiding students in their career aspirations. After all of the hard work you’ve put in during college, surely you deserve a chance to prove yourself and put your education to a better use than fetching coffee. This option for gaining experience doesn’t sound so grand now.
Remote work is on the rise.
With rising costs for both employers and employees and new advances in technology, a new horizon has emerged: telecommuting or remote work. Remote workers have been shown to have distinct advantages over traditional office-bound employees. Some of these include increased productivity, better teamwork and team communication and greater attendance overall. No transportation costs either. Talk about efficient!
A virtual internship can help you gain that required experience.
So just how do you get that much needed experience if you can’t land that far away internship in NYC? You apply for a virtual internship! A virtual internship (also known as a remote internship) can help you gain experience from the comfort of your own home thanks to the convenience of modern technology. With the rise of telecommuting and advances in information and communication technology, there is no reason why internships can not also be done remotely.
There are many advantages to telecommuting.
Remotely working has many advantages for students and graduates who might not otherwise be able to complete traditional internships. Other than the obvious perk of being able to remain at home, remote interns learn project management while gaining independence and flexibility. In addition, they learn valuable work related skills. Furthermore, thanks to the remote nature of the work, it gives individuals who would otherwise be unable to gain experience, such as the sick and disabled, an opportunity to do so.
Employers gain advantages from these arrangements as well.
Students and recent graduates aren’t the only ones to benefit from remote internship arrangements, however. Employers also benefit from the increased flexibility and productivity of their interns. In addition, virtual interns are a wonderful recruiting opportunity, widening the talent pipeline. Furthermore, they never call in for sick days and require no overhead.
The remote work (and internship) experience is a great opportunity for both employer and employee. Students and graduates gain experience and exposure to relevant work. Employers gain overhead free workers that never call in sick and are capable of carrying out tasks for the company. Everyone benefits!