Studying a master’s degree can be a daunting experience for anybody, let alone simultaneously working as an intern. There will be a heavy workload and lots of group assignments. But you already know that, right? If you are looking to push yourself and increase your possibilities of employment post masters, take on an internship. Focus on the following ten tips and you should be successful in multitasking a masters and an internship with minimum fuss and stress…
- Be organised
Create ‘to do’ lists of things you need to do, when to start the task and the date it needs to be complete. If you can complete at least one thing on your list a day, then you are getting somewhere. Wunderlist is a brilliant app for creating ‘to do’ lists!
- Teach yourself
Read online materials on items you are covering in your course and working on and listen to what your fellow students and peers are discussing. Online videos or podcasts such as Ted Talks are a great way to learn, while on your way to work or university.
- Create your brand online
When you begin to apply for internships or graduate roles you will already have made a persona of yourself in the industry by building your social presence. Now is a good time to tweet and post on LinkedIn about the industry news. Add your opinions. It is an extension to your CV and shows employers and connections that you are passionate about your subject and the company you are interning for.
If you are not spending time online working on your personal brand, then start actively meeting people by going to events or meet ups. It can be daunting to begin with but it will surprise you. Speaking from experience; discussing an assignment that may be related to a person’s work can open gateways to gaining their support for that piece of work. Get their business card, and connect with them on LinkedIn.
- Attend events and workshops
Similar to the above, they are a brilliant way to network and approach employers to show your interest in their company and get your CV into hand rather than their inbox. By being at the right place at the right time and speaking to the right people, may help to secure an internship, if not already acquired. See what events are coming up in your area, many of which are free to students.
- Ask questions. Ask questions. Ask questions.
This section speaks for itself. You don’t know the answer until you have asked the question! That question may also spark an interesting conversation or at the very least show a keen interest.
- Seek advice from your academics
Whether or not they are your current or previous lecturer, they are there to help you with any queries relating to your studies, work or life outside university. As Thomas and Jack state, both Heriot Watt Undergraduates abroad on exchange, getting help from ALL your academics and get their individual expertise to receive different perspectives on your work.
- Match your dissertation topic with your internship
Consider at the beginning of the academic year the type of internship you are looking for and, particularly if you are able to write your dissertation on the company. With luck, the company may provide you with primary information on their activities to discuss in your paper.
- Keep in close contact with your supervisor
Everyone needs help with their dissertation or coursework at times and it is in their interest to assist you to achieving your goals. He or she will keep you on the straight path, so take advantage of the services the university provide. Additionally, the careers guidance department can offer you help when needed.
- Remember the degree!
It can be difficult to impress your employer at your internship if you are working part time, as the pressures of studies mount up. Instead, if you are beginning to struggle, decrease your intern work and concentrate on your degree as it is more important. Your employer should understand.