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Do you want an internship or work experience? Knowing the difference

By Jan 23, 2017 May 17th, 2017 No Comments

Job hunting but can’t wrap your head around all of this professional lingo? Are some companies asking for previous work experience whereas some want you to have completed an internship? What does this even mean?

Don’t let lingo stress you out. We take a look at the difference below and give you some advice in terms of the benefits of each.

Work Experience

Work experience can mean two things. Firstly, it can mean that you have held a job within a specific industry and, secondly, it can also refer to job shadowing. Either way, work experience means that you have been exposed to certain aspects of the career path that you are planning on following. It is always a good idea to get some work experience while you are still studying so that you have something of value to put on your CV once you graduate.

What will look really phat is if you get a job that relates to the industry in which you eventually want to work. For example, if you want to become a chef, get a job as a waiter, if you are sports mad and want to go into sports marketing, get involved in community events. If you want to become an entrepreneur and start your own business, then you should consider job shadowing a friend or relative who has done the same.


Don’t expect to earn much cheese when you intern – unfortunately, most internships are unpaid. However, the cool thing is that they give you the chance to really spend time learning the ins and outs of an industry. While your duties and responsibilities might be lame to begin with, you will be able to spend time with some of the big wigs and learn from them directly.

As your internship progresses, you will likely be entrusted with some bigger, cooler responsibilities and, who knows how that might work out for you? If you’re all that they are looking for when it comes to doing the job, the company might even offer you a position when your internship comes to a close.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter whether you choose the work experience or internship route. When it comes to job hunting and getting it down on your CV, the more you’ve done, the better. So don’t be shy! Grab that experience wherever you can find it. It’ll make your life so much easier once you have graduated and it’s time to bounce varsity to start a brand new adventure.

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