Would it be harder for me to climb the corporate ladder if I begin my career as an intern or apprentice now? Or should I remain unemployed until I secure a full time job? - Seedly
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Would it be harder for me to climb the corporate ladder if I begin my career as an intern or apprentice now? Or should I remain unemployed until I secure a full time job?

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Fish Chen
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Answered 3w ago

Hello! Honestly I asked the same question to myself a few years back.. the answer (generally) is that more experience is better.

Of course, it might be dependent on which industry you're looking at, but generally what I learnt is that a lot of companies prize experience. If it's relevant experience, then all the better. Also important is to show that you have good work ethic and to pick a place where you can learn a lot on the job. ThIs will help you in your future endeavours.

Of cource, my experience may not be indicative of yours, but I hope I have helped you! Feel free to ask me anything

Source: I tried for many jobs, it got easier for them to consider me when I had more experience (even if the experience wasn't that relevant)

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At first glance, the dilemma of starting out with internship jobs or traineeship as your first career goes against conventional wisdom of starting out with blue-chip brand names. There are indeed initiatives by authorities for recent graduates to get hired on a temporary contract for up to a year, subjected to renewal.

Personally, I would think it depends highly on your (i) career goals and (ii) financial health. If you managed to land a stint at a company you like or a position that seem aligned with your long-term career goals, I would say “GO FOR IT!!!” even if the starting pay is less than ideal for a fresh graduate in normal times. The experience you gain and the people you meet might be able to help you next time, even if you choose not to stay in the same company after the contract is up. Furthermore, taking a job now doesn’t mean you stop looking out for other opportunities in your free time. You need to keep brushing up your CV and interviewing skills as you update your LinkedIn profile with new work experience earned during this period [If you need help with these, click here :)] Having some income reduces the stress and anxiety for job-hunting and puts you in a better position to learn and strive in the current position as well as your future ones.

Let’s take the hypothetical case study of Janice, a liberal arts graduate with limited working experience in her 4 years of undergraduate studies. She receives a job offer as a staff writer of $1.8k per month on a 6 month contract. (i) This is in line with what she envisions herself to do for the next 5 years–being an editor of an online publication. Although this position is temporary and she might not be able to convert to a full time staff after 6 months, the experience and skills she gain during this employment would value-add to her portfolio. She would be better off 6 months from now and be in a more comfortable position to negotiate her next job offer. (ii) She can learn how to do personal budgeting to ensure she has enough in her small emergency fund for the future where she might need to hunt for her next job (in case the company does not renew her 6 month stint). In short, always have a Plan B (or plan C,D,E in today’s gig economy).

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