Once your work experience with us has finished and you receive your certificate on the last day of the Internship Programme, a lot of students tend to forget about the second step. Yes, you have completed your internship and probably acquired plenty of new skills along the way, but how are you going to use your experience going forward? How will you describe what you have learnt? Whether you plan to mention it on your CV, personal website or in an actual job interview, you need to motivate why this experience has been important to your development and how it will benefit your employer. We put together a list of tools that will help you see the bigger picture.
1. Make it relevant to your employer
You should always tailor your CV to the specific job you are applying for. The same goes for the description of your internship. If you want a job in administration and you did your work experience in the reception of a hotel, highlight the tasks that are relevant to the job – for example handling post or dealing with guest inquiries. Perhaps you also helped with the hotel breakfast or swept floors? Don't bother mentioning that. Try to look at your experience from the eyes of the employer and choose the bits you think could benefit them.
2. Be specific
A good job description is specific. Don't say that you "learnt a lot" during your internship or "received praise" from your supervisor. Instead, explain what exact skills you picked up and how and describe thepraise you received. Employers love numbers, so don't hold back the amount of times you helped accomplish a sale or solved an IT problem. Were you offered a job at the end of the work experience period? Write that down too
3. Don't forget to mention London, Dublin or your English skills!
Having worked abroad sets you apart from other people your age and looks great on the job market. So don't forget to highlight this experience on your CV, cover letter or during the job interview. Think about how your internship in London or Dublin might have been different from the equivalent role in your own country. What were the differences and what did you learn from them? Also, mention the fact that you did the entire job in English and how it helped develop your communication skills. Even if your employer doesn't operate internationally, this will impress them and show just how curious and capable you are.
4. Your reference
Did you receive a reference from your work placement? Don't let it gain dust in your drawer. A great reference will undoubtedly put you in a good light and support the statements you are making in your CV and cover letter. Mention it in your CV and bring it to your job interview. It shows you are both reliable and prepared.
5. Use your connections
Here at ADC College, we are always looking to feature student stories, whether they are about your experience of the Internship Programme, dream careers or the food you ate during your visit. The articles are published on our blog and can be easily linked to your website or cover letter. Writing an article like that, or being selected as our Student of the Month, is a great way to show employers that you are prepared to go the extra mile. It also summarises your experience in an engaging and accessible way. Everybody wins!
6. What did the Erasmus+ experience teach you overall?
Zoom out for a moment and consider what the whole experience has meant to you. What did working and living in a new country teach you about yourself? Be honest and don’t exaggerate. Show how the Internship Programme helped your development, professionally and personally. Sentience and self-awareness are highly regarded traits in most industries and shows that you are mature and able to reflect upon your experiences.
ADC College organises Internship and Teacher Development Programmes in London and Dublin, eligible for funding from Erasmus+. Don't hesitate to contact us if you would like more information about what we do and how to get funding. Call a Country Manager today on +44 2084249424 or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.