Chioma Ubabuko: 5 Reasons Why Internships Are Important

Chioma Ubabuko: 5 Reasons Why Internships Are Important

Sad! Somewhat depressed, shaken, sunken, failed, those words could describe exactly what I felt after graduating and finding it hard to secure a job. People laughed at me so hard, I found it hard to raise my head to face them, I could literally taste my own tears.

I saw internship opportunities but I bypassed them all, reason? No pay. I needed to earn, pay bills, support myself and show off. Little did I know what internships could bring me, the kind of experience and environment I would be open to until I applied. Here are 5 reasons internships are important:

The Opportunity To Work and Gain experience

Internship opportunities afford you an opportunity to work and learn. Here, you’re not required to have insurmountable experience, you learn on the job literally. You have industry giants or superior men and women in different sectors at your beck and call willing to teach you everything you need to know so long as you’re teachable.

The Opportunity to build Capacity and Capability

Internship gives you a level of confidence because you actually did the work. Confidence is built while working, so you realize that you can actually do what you never thought you could do, the fact that now you can actually produce results and value just makes you want to take on much more responsibilities. Your ability to work under pressure and take on more work is built, then you flex muscles.

The Opportunity to be Retained or Referred

During your internship,if  the company sees value in you they would want to keep you, but if they can’t they can refer you to someone else who might need your service. This is because they have trained you and believe in your abilities and this would go a long way in helping your career. This would go a long way to build trust, accountability and credibility between you and your new employer.

The Opportunity for your dreams to become reality

Unlike when you were at home where your dreams looked foggy and unrealistic, when it looked unattainable and unreachable, while working, your dreams become valid. You’re fired up to do more to achieve it because you have seen that it is achievable and doable, so you go the extra mile to bring it to reality. Because you can now dream more and visualize it. Your vision eye is expanded!

The Opportunity to network with Industry Experts

Finally, you get to network with the industry experts and learn from them first hand. You can now brag about having rubbed chest and shoulders with them, you get to form a relationship with them which might catapult you to greater heights.

Do you still think internships are a waste of time?

Well…it isn’t. Now you know, apply for that internship position Now!


This article was written by Chioma Ubabuko

About the Writer:

She’s a Content writer and Entrepreneur that is enthusiastic about life and is puzzled by the weight of what we all go through. Stay tuned to getting more beautiful, loving and mind puzzling articles.

Yewande Jinadu

Yewande Jinadu is the Founder of CareerLife Nigeria( and also a Strategic HR Business Partner of a leading tech firm. She's a certified HR Professional with a mix of Generalist and Specialist Experience who supports the business to achieve it's goals through the people. Her strengths are in Talent Acquisition, Performance Management, Employee Engagement, Organization Development and Employer Branding. Her social initiative, CareerLife Foundation solving UN SDG Goal 8 is aimed at reducing unemployment by helping graduates and professionals become Employable and accelerate their career growth. With various awards won both locally and globally, her vision is to help millions of youths achieve measurable success in their career. Yewande holds the Senior Professional of Human Resources International (SPHRi) Certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), USA. She is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (ACIPM) and has a Practitioners License to practice HR in Nigeria. She's the Convener of the Employability Fitness Program, an initiative aimed at helping young graduates overcome interview Phobia and the barriers in Recruitment process through mentoring. She is a public speaker and has been featured on various media platforms including: BellaNaija, SheLeadsAfrica, GuardianWoman, Women of Rubies etc Some of her recognitions include: Top 50 Career Influencers in Africa by The Workbooth Magazine and also a the top 10 Platinum members of Career Influencers. Top 150 Global HR Influencer by Social Micole. Top 100 Career Women in Nigeria by 9to5Chick Top 30 Leading Women in HR by Worden HCD You can reach out to her by sending a mail to: and follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @careerlifeng

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