Looking back, if you had to choose, which would you say has more positively impacted your career: your undergraduate degree or your internship(s)?
I hear this question all the time: Was my degree worth the cost? And while many — myself included — are up-in-arms over the state of today’s internships, I’m willing to bet even more people are upset about the decreasing career value of their pricey higher education.
Internships come in all shapes and sizes: paid, underpaid, unpaid, for credit. But regardless of the salary (or lack thereof), an internship program done right will provide you with immediate benefits — accomplishment stories you can tell to land your next position, work samples you can proudly share, a mentor for life, networking contacts, practical and “real life” applications of your skills, etc. Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t say those things about my undergraduate degree.
I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below: Which would you say has more positively impacted your career, your undergraduate degree or your internship(s), and why?