At Intern Avenue we like to keep in touch with our interns to see what they’re up to after completing their internships. We decided to catch up with Jackie, a sociology graduate from The University of Portsmouth, who started as an intern with AOL and now works for them as a full time Account Executive.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do now?
My name is Jackie; I’ve graduated from the University of Portsmouth over a year ago. I currently work at AOL as an Account Executive.
What was it like starting as an intern and how did it help prepare you for a full time position?
I was really nervous but motivated. I made sure I use all training opportunities, asked loads of questions and made it clear that I was willing to take on more responsibilities. This helped me to know what exactly the full time role entailed and if it was something I wanted to pursue as a career.
What was something you learnt as an intern that you still use today?
Networking! I was lucky enough to attend many events where I met loads of people within the Advertising industry. Networking is a key skill and is pretty much essential for my role.
How did you find out about us and what made you sign up?
I was recommended by one of my friends. She found an Internship through the website. I personally hate signing up to job hunting sites, but the fact that Intern Avenue gave access to paid internships really appealed to me, especially as I was doing a non-paid internship at the time.
What do you consider the main difference between us and other job hunting sites/services?
Intern Avenue gives you the opportunity to sell yourself in a different way, a more productive way in my opinion. You are able to directly contact the employers so it is easy to efficiently arrange interviews and calls and work round each other’s schedules.
What do you think is the most important section of an Intern Avenue profile that can help a candidate stand out from the crowd?
I would say the “Extra Curricular Teams & Societies” section is the most important. It gives us a chance to show a different side to ourselves, besides the standard education and work history aspect. It also gives employers the opportunity to see if we are suitable for the company on a social level which is very important.
Finally, if you could give one piece of advice to students and graduates who are currently job hunting what would it be?
Don’t look down on internships! I know there’s a lot of negativity around being “The Intern”, but so much can be gained from them. I’ve not only gained more skills and connections but a Full Time job as well.
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