Avoid self-sabotage during an internship or volunteer position.

At generationYOU, we constantly encourage you to apply and take on volunteer and internship positions as these are the best way to meet new people, build your skills and gain tangible experience whilst you are still studying.

I’ll say it again now … they truly give you the best opportunity to be a stronger graduate, come the end of your degree, and are what prospective employers have come to expect to see on your application.

But, this isn’t another article on WHY you should be looking for these opportunities. This article is on why your end game when applying or during these positions should not only be a full-time job.

Don’t get me wrong – this mentality pushes you to be attentive, autonomous and have a stellar attitude on the job.

However, it can also be truly self-sabotaging.

Most companies are quite transparent about potential opportunities which may be available at the completion of an internship or volunteer role. So it’s understandable that as a student, you’d rather apply for a position that has the possibility of on-boarding permanently.

But here’s some #NoFilter perspectives that I’d like you to consider …

1 // You are most-likely missing out on some stellar career opportunities (yep, even when there’s no income involved).

For example, whilst I was studying, I volunteered at a local arts Festival that runs in Brisbane. What’s ironic is, I actually did apply for both the paid volunteer position AND ticked the box that asked “Would you like to be considered for all opportunities?”

Had I not ticked that box, I would have been frustrated when I didn’t receive the position and then left feeling equally annoyed with myself, because I missed out on gaining skills experience relevant to my career.

Moral of this story? When money is your end-game, it can sometimes blindside you.

2 // The effect disappointment has on your work ethic during a role cannot be reversed.

Imagine entering a role with the pre-conceived idea it’s going to turn into something permanent, and finding out halfway that this isn’t the case.

As much as you might try to disguise it, this is going to automatically effect your attitude and work ethic. Which in turn, is going to reflect poorly on your personal brand and hinder potential future opportunities with the company anyway!

3 // Use these opportunities to figure out your ‘why’.

There is a recurring theme in the questions you ask us via email and at our events. It surrounds how you figure out what your passion is or how to avoid landing a position that you regret later.

So whilst you can, use internships and volunteer positions to help you with this exact worry!!

My volunteer positions and internships during university helped me with this. For example, I a) found out I loved helping run events and b) didn’t enjoy a huge aspect of public relations … so I avoided looking for a full-time position in this industry … and instead opted for a career that gave me aspects of PR with marketing!

4 // Things change.

All it takes is for a change in circumstance for a potential full-time or part-time opportunity to arise. So sure, even though there may have not been a role available at the time, things can change. So, if you had already worked with a Company before … based on your performance … you may be the first person they call!