Most people have never heard of Frank Zappa before, but for those who have, they’ve probably heard this quote at least once:
“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.”
Looking back on my internship with IGS, I am now a firm believer in the message within this quote. With grooming and experience, the mind is a powerful thing. But without those things, the mind’s potential is limited and so is an individual’s success in landing a job.
When I first entered college, all I could think about was how to get a job. Day in and day out, one of my primary thoughts was, “I have to write down everything I do in class on my resume. That will definitely get me a job!”
What’s worse is that I believed this for three straight semesters. However, after two more semesters, I realized the error of my philosophy.
School is great; you should never stop learning because the world never stops presenting opportunities for growth. However, it’s your experience that a potential employer looks for and values. Now, after interning with IGS, I understand the value of an internship and I understand why employers look for internship experience on a resume when recruiting new employees
Here’s what IGS has taught me about what an internship can give you and how the experience improves your work capability:
Now, while at the conclusion of my internship with IGS, I can definitely say that my mind is an open parachute. I don’t have to worry about not being valuable to a team or being unable to get a job done, because IGS taught me how to execute any task. IGS has given me firsthand experience that has pushed me ahead of the competition.