Besides Internship, here are 5 ways to gain work experience

Many young people have it engraved on their brains that the only way to gain work experience is through internship, sorry to burst your bubble. Here are 5 other ways to gain work experience.

Volunteering

Many young people see volunteering as a punishment but trust me it’s not. There are many non-profit organizations that have volunteer positions where you can gain work experience. Whether you have a degree or not, there are ways that organizations can put your skills to good use anytime for the greater good of society. Volunteering is one of the fun and best ways of gaining work experience.

Get a part-time job

Gaining work experience while in college is perhaps the most easy thing to do. Working a part-time job in the community could be tiring but also rewarding. Find a part time job that doubles as something you would love or something in your line of work and work around it.

Join student a organization

These are very much despised but one thing for sure is that every college and university has a multitude of student organizations. Your aim should be to find one or more that interest you or are in line with what you are studying. You can often gain experience performing organizational projects. “Even better, student organizations are a great place to test and hone your managing and leading skills — so, don’t just join an organization, but strive to be part of its management team.”

Freelance

Everyone has something they are really good at, therefore, if you have a gift and/or have mastered a skill, you can supplement your income and gain valuable experience by freelancing your services to organizations and companies that need them. Free lancing is even a better way to gain job experience as it enables you to also become better at what you do, remember the old adage, ‘practice makes perfect.’

Networking

Making friends is by far the most enriching form of gaining work experience. Networking is a great way to make professional connections that could lead to a first job. Join student and professional organizations based on your career objectives. Most organizations and companies sponsor networking events, conferences, and workshops. Each interaction you have with people in your career field could foster a new relationship, or contact that can get you an interview for a job you really want.

That said, what are you waiting for to gain that work experience that big companies really love?