According to a recent survey by Internships.com, 66% of employers said that solid interview performance and practical experience are the most important qualities they look for among potential hires. What better way to gain real-world experience and strengthen confidence in your interviewing capabilities than a hospitality internship abroad through Work Experience Australia? Here are 5 reasons why:
When you participate in this program, you not only are guaranteed a paid position among one of the finest tourist destinations in the world, you will also:
1. Learn how to tweak the stuff you put on your resume so it gets noticed
2. Get advice about what employers want to see during the interview process
3. Build experience by working for luxury resorts and respected companies in the industry
4. Develop communication skills by interacting with people from all over the world
5. Gain an enlightened perspective on how businesses operate in a global economy
Curious about the other details collected by that 2012 Internship.com student/employer survey? Check out the nifty infographic below.
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What’s a better long-term career decision: to gain work experience through an unpaid or paid hospitality internship? Some may say that it doesn’t matter; that the experience you get and the connections you make during hotel internships, whether paid or unpaid, are equally beneficial. Unfortunately, that may not be so.
A recent report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) showed that paid internships offer substantial benefits over unpaid internships. Not only will you likely spend more time participating in activities that are more relevant to your professional career development, you’ll have the potential to land a job faster and even earn a higher salary. Executive Director of NACE, Marilyn Mackes, adds:
“Students with a paid internship have a decided advantage in the job market over those who did an unpaid internship or didn’t do an internship at all…
Results show that paid interns spent 42 percent of their time on professional duties and just 25 percent on clerical and non-essential functions; unpaid interns spent 31 percent of their time on clerical and non-essential work and 30 percent on professional tasks.”
Relevant work experience during an internship is key. Nearly 75 percent of employers surveyed for NACE’s Job outlook 2012 study said that the amount of pertinent professional experience a candidate has plays heavily into their decision to hire.