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Should I accept an internship if it has nothing to do with my major?

I've been offered an internship in an IT company that is not relevant to my major of Electrical Engineering. Should I accept it or look for something else? #internships

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Zsolt’s Answer

Make sure you map out the skills that the particular internship would improve. Not all skills are industry specific but might give you competitive advantage at your future dream job. For example soft skills, like communication, time management, stress management, people management can be learnt during your internship and would provide you a better appreciation during your interview.

Especially for new joiners (full time after internship), companies are not looking for specific knowledge but the eager to learn and especially to learn quickly and be a good team member. Even if you are super smart but don't know how to behave in a corporate environment, you're behind in line compared someone who has less knowledge but ready to absorb it in a short period of time and has good soft skills.

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Keith’s Answer

Hi Adel,


Internships are valuable work experience for your résumé. Through an internship, you can learn valuable skills that will help you in the future. Companies tend not to offer internships to students who don’t fit their needs, and often will chose candidates who they believe will also gain educational experience from the position for your future career. If they offered a position to you, that means they see something in you. I would recommend that you speak with your advisor at your institution for further clarification, but in my opinion, it would be fine.


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Keith

Thank you comment icon I agree with Keith. Even though it may not seem directly tied to your major, the organization would not have given you an offer if you didn't meet their criteria. If you have an interest in the role they are offering, I think you should consider trying it out. Leanne Vail
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James’s Answer

Hi Adel,


If the internship excites you, and you're looking for experience in the IT industry, I would encourage you to accept the internship. When it comes time to apply to a full time position, companies are looking for candidates who have prior industry experience through internships. Though, the main question to ask yourself is what do you want out of your internship experience. Thinking through what industries interest you and what opportunities can come out of an internship (maybe even a full time offer) would be my suggested next steps to you.


Best of luck!


James

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