Smell the coffee when applying for the hottest winter internships this near to your winter break? Your basic intern resume can be telling – if you have multiple gaps (months or years) amid your educational experience. So, we decided to lock horns with this – by taking on the subject of gap years and what you can do with them, vis a vis your intern resume.
Why Gap Months or Years:
We all know the state of educational institutions in India. There are very few reputed institutions with limited seats when compared to the number of students applying every year to get a course of their choice.
As a result, many of the students choose to drop a year (or more) in order to get into a college and course of their choice. There are also those who prepare for their respective entrance examinations.
In this blog, we count down all the things you can do during your gap period and showcase on your intern resume!
Things to showcase in your intern resume:
There is, however, a flip side to a gap period. This is when you’re asked to explain why you chose to take them and how you utilised them, fruitfully. The question is basically centered on ‘How resourcefully did you use your gap period?’
So, if you are also one of the students who fit the criteria, you need to buckle up and prepare an answer to the question while you have still time. Here are a few tips on how you can utilise your gap period between courses:
1. Diploma Courses:
If you are applying for courses in colleges which offer limited seats, you should always apply for a couple of diploma courses too. By any chance if you miss selection in your course, you will still have something in hand. Even if you didn’t do it beforehand, there are a lot of institutions which offer you a range of courses even after the normal admission period is over.
You can research about these institutions and courses and choose one that’s relevant to your career goals. And then list these on your intern resume.
This is mainly applicable to students who are done with their graduation and taking a gap before higher studies. There is nothing better than an internship to cover up this period in your resume. You can combine this point 1, studying online courses while on your internships.
Yes, taking a full-time job is an option but that won’t leave you with ample time and energy to invest in the preparation of your further studies.
Many reputed institutions conduct time to time workshops depending on your field of study. All you need is to be aware of what’s happening where and when. Take part in these workshops and improve your skill set to add more scores to your resume.
You can be a medical, engineering, or a journalism student; relevant workshops are conducted mostly for all streams of study.
4. Professional Training Courses:
Other than the diplomas and internships, you can engage yourself in professional training programs that enable you to add a few more stars to your professional career. Not only that, they also help in your further studies as it acts as a base course.
For example, if you are waiting to be enrolled in a master’s program that qualifies you as a dietician, you can do a base training course with nutrition based curriculums.
5. Hobby Classes
Yes, even that will do. If you don’t want to engage yourself in academic courses for a while, you should at least enroll yourself in some hobby classes (or hobby-based internships). It can be painting, dancing, sports, etc. But how will it help enhance one’s resume?
Bringing it together:
The idea is to show that you don’t believe in wasting your time. At least you engaged yourself in some activity while preparing for your further studies. It also answers for your hobbies mentioned in the resume, as candidates often lie in their resumes about their hobbies (for several reasons).
Of course, there are other things too, depending on your choice and understanding. More or less, these activities and courses form the base idea of what all you can do in your gap months and years. The moral ultimately is that this (gap period) time isn’t a leisure break but a very crucial time in your career which you must utilize fully to pave your path to a bright and shining career.