In a lot of professions, continuing to develop your skills is an important part of your job; often it is a requirement, and if it isn’t you should consider it anyway, as it will benefit you immensely. This continuous job training can be done in a variety of ways; you could sign up for a refresher course, where you go back and re-examine the basics; you could make sure that you keep up to date with any literature related to your work (keeping your skills and knowledge up to date); or you could attend seminars.
Seminars are a gathering of businesses related to a specific industry, and many businesses use them as an opportunity to network and build relations. This means it is a great place to meet a potential employer, but it also means that you have an opportunity to pick the minds of some of the most accomplished professionals in your industry. They also hold speeches regularly at these events, where you can hear their views on how to conduct business in the current environment.
Seminars can be a great way for you to have a quick review of everybody else’s opinions, giving you the opportunity to refine how you do your job. As they typically take place over only a few days, you don’t have much to lose by attending one either!
There are a lot of things which make an internship a valid option for many people. If you take an example of a recently graduated individual looking for work in an area they’re not familiar with or possess little by way of expertise in, then an intern ship can be a great way to introduce yourself to a potential employer and to gain some of the expertise which will improve your chance of finding work in the field.
Internships generate a lot of negativity, both by people who disapprove of the practice of offering unpaid work and by those who’ve gone through the process and ended up with nothing positive from the experience. Not getting anything from them is certainly a risk; some businesses tend to use their interns as a cheap low-skilled workforce. Still, it mostly comes down to attitude, as if you show yourself to be a useful person to have around, they will probably give you more responsibilities, therefore making the experience more valuable to you. Many young people will also choose internships as an opportunity to experience the environment, which should be achievable no matter what.
Throughout most of the developed world, university places have become a lot more competitive due to the large number of people coming over from China and the rest of the developing world. Coupling this with the exorbitant costs of getting a diploma, when the course may have very little value when it comes to finding a job, anyone can see why people are being encouraged and choosing to go with apprenticeships for their further education.
What are the differences between universities and apprenticeships? There are a number of them, but perhaps most importantly, you get a jump-start in the professional world: While the majority of your peers are heading off to their first year in in university, you’ll be earning a salary (albeit a small one), and acquiring skills which are generally of higher value to companies. In addition to this, while they’re all piling on a load of debt (unless they’ve lucked out on the rich parents side of things or gotten a great scholarship), you’ll be getting the skills you need to be successful without any debt being acquired.