Even though employers expect to hire 19.3% more college graduates this year than last according to a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), finding a job can still be challenging especially for new graduates who lack relevant experience in their field.
In addition to a challenging job market, finding an internship in your career field of interest can also be frustrating since many college students have come to realize the fierce competition that awaits them from other students who want to gain professional experience as well.
According to NACE, employers expect to hire 7% more interns this year than in previous years; but unless you act fast, these positions are going to be taken up quickly and you may be left waiting tables or with no job at all.
I have seen an increase of first year students this year looking for quality internships in a variety of fields. They seem ready and confident in bridging the gap between their academics and the real world and don't want to wait to make it happen. Starting an internship early in your college career can provide many opportunities and a chance to try out different career options before coming to a final decision on which career to pursue once you've graduated from college.