By Tess Castiglione and Jessie Grewar.
Every Media and Communications graduate could vogue for the importance of networking. Networking, Networking, Networking. It’s essential to securing a job in what is a highly competitive industry. But when you’re a broke, unprofessional student in your early twenties, how do you make the 50-year old CEO want to follow you back on LinkedIn? or even better, give you a job?
It’s called Networking, Darling.
According to Media and Communications student Tess Castiglione, an internship is one of the easiest ways of forming a network of professional contacts.
“Networking within our industry is essential in order to make an easier transition between study, graduation and work” said Tess.
Tess took on her first internship in her second year of study at Queensland University of Technology. Working for a highly respected creative marketing and communications agency, Made4Media, Tess worked on events, advertising, PR and branding.
The young intern was with the organisation for a little over a month, a very short time-frame. Although this seems quite insignificant, the implications of undergoing such experience even just for four weeks made a huge impact!
“This short internship was enough to get my foot in the door,” said Tess.
“I am currently undertaking a second internship at a PR agency which has further broadened my knowledge in PR, a career path I want to pursue post-graduation.”
Undoubtedly, the ability to undergo work experience and develop a list of contacts for future experience or work has enabled Tess to gain an understanding of which areas of the industry she would like to partake in.
“An internship not only assists you in deciding what specific area of media and communications you want to pursue a career in but also acts as a valuable learning experience.”