How To Find Internships In Hong Kong
Freshly graduated from uni? Ready to start your professional experience? Then it is time for you to look for an internship. Internships will allow you to gain experience, have a before taste of what the working world is like, and will help you have a clearer mind on what you really would like to do or not do with your life (which isn’t given to everyone). Planning an internship search is exactly the same as planning a job search, but you are specifying that you are interested in an internship rather than a permanent position.
1.Think about career goals – where do you want to go?
The first part is most definitely the hardest. Thinking about your career goals is not an easy thing to do. It requires a lot of time, patience and effort, and maybe a very good brain mapping* session.
Look for careers that can potentially match your interests, skill set, salary requirements – then weigh the pros and cons of each one. Make a career plan: what is your long-term career goal? What are the short-term activities to reach this goal? Example: learn more, develop related skills, practice skills, get experience, gain education and training.
2.Write a good resume
It goes without saying that your resume is the most important document you will need in the process of finding an internship or a job. No matter the period of your life – you will always need one. So make sure that piece of information is perfect. If you are still unfamiliar with CVs, please follow this step-by-step guide:
-Create the format of your CV
-Write your name, address, telephone number and email at the top of the page
-Create a section for your education and qualifications
-Create a section for your work and experience
-Create a section with your skills and achievements
For more advice, check out these 20 tips for building an awesome CV here.
3.Go to job fairs
As like everywhere in the world, there are job fairs here in Hong Kong that really cannot be missed. Job fairs provide information on current job openings, generally targeting undergraduates, ready to start their career. Even if you don’t find exactly what you want, it’s always good to be present and to be curious.
To have access to all of these important events, have a look at this website.
4.Use your university’s resources
Fortunately, your university must have a broad range of resources that you can use to your advantage: to start looking for jobs. The only thing is to make sure you use these resources well. Why not ask alumni’s how they used your uni’s resources before? It always helps to get insights from more experienced peers.
5.Don’t restrict yourself
As you are only looking for an internship, in other words, a temporary experience, make sure not to be too difficult or narrow-minded. Do not restrict yourself to opportunities you hadn’t thought of before – if an opportunity arises in a smaller company than what you wanted, for example, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will be any less valuable. Keep an open-mindedness. The more experiences the better!
“It’s who you know, not what you know”
Whether it’s your family, friends, friends of family or family of friends…Chances are, if you ask around people you know, you will find a contact that will put you in touch with someone who has potential in finding you the right internship. You need to put yourself out there and ask! Most of the time, nowadays, it is the easiest and quickest way to find an internship path.
Why not thinking of doing an internship abroad? Not only will you get the experience of interning but also of traveling – the best of both worlds. Absolute Internship is an internship placement agency that offers plenty of internship opportunities across a broad range of industries and all over the world!
8. Use specialized websites
Don’t waste your time using websites that will not be of good use. The good thing is, in this time and age of Digital era, there are innumerable sources to find what you want. Start by checking out the broad range of internship offers here.
These are the 8 essential things to do to look for an internship. Although in Hong Kong, there are additional aspects you must take into account while internship-hunting. Firstly, and unfortunately, you need to be conscious of the fact that most internships in Hong Kong are unpaid. Of course, that doesn’t apply to everyone. It depends on which type of internship, its duration and in which company it will take place. The chances of having an internship salary won’t be the same in Corporate than in a Start-Up, for example. Speaking of startups, it might be easier to find an internship there as they are more in need of ‘a hand’ then bigger companies. Also, having an internship experience in a startup is much more valuable…and you might have higher chances to get paid.