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As a graduate out of college, would it be best to do an internship at the company of your dreams or accept an entry level position that pays your requested salary?

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Victor’s Answer

When I finished my undergraduate degree, i was offered a position with good pay. I rejected it because it was not what I wanted to do.

Instead i accepted my 4th NASA internship and went to earn a MS degree. I realized that to get the dream job at a company that had the same values I had, I needed to go back to school and make my self more valuable.

With that said each of us has different responsibilities be it a family, student loans, etc. What ever you decide to do make a decision, time will tell if you need to readjust. If you do then make a plan and go forward. Good Luck!

Victor recommends the following next steps:

Set a goal and milestones. Work towards achieving it.
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Marlyn’s Answer

I would encourage you to apply to both internships at your dream company and apply to an entry level position. Usually if Recruiters are searching for interns they are looking at juniors because they know that after the internship they will still have another year of college left. In comparison, college graduates are generally looking for full time positions which companies may or may not have at the moment. I think it is important to work for a company that aligns with the work you wish to do and what you value, not just because of the salary they are offering. If you focus on a job that can help you grow and develop your skills, in the long run it can lead you to applying for a full time position in your dream company.

Marlyn recommends the following next steps:

Research about your dream company and similar companies that look for the same type of candidates
Review job descriptions and apply to those companies including internships & full time positions
Generally after 2-3 years of experience you can apply to your dream job when there is an open position. Now you can have more experience under your belt
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Allison’s Answer

Internship for sure! You never know what it may lead to (like a permanent job at your dream company), and entry level positions aren't going anywhere.
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