If you are lucky enough to know exactly what you want to do as a graduate, then taking up a graduate internship is most definitely a wise choice. As anyone who has been to a job interview will tell you, experience is gold dust when applying to a graduate job in a similar field and can mean the difference between gaining employment and remaining unemployed.

As vital as degrees are, it could be argued that graduate internship is just as important, if not more so. In the working world at least, your degree is a platform which offers you extended possibilities that would not have been available to you had you not chosen to go to University. One of these opportunities is a work placement which is itself another platform which can offer you even more options. Many graduates will testify that if they had relevant work experience on their CV the employers question would be directed mostly at this.

It seems strange, doesn't it? That two weeks of experience can take up 80% of a graduate employers interest over years of education. But experience often demonstrates that you know the business, what the job is about and what is expected of you amongst other things. Basically, you are a safer bet from the employer's perspective than a graduate who has never set foot in a similar job position and only has experience of education and the academic world.

The bottom line then, is this - try your hardest to get some work experience whilst still at university or even at school doing A levels. The more relevant it is to what you eventually want to do the better, but that does not mean you should ignore other opportunities. Any graduate internship shows to a graduate employer that you are keen, motivated and a decent worker (assuming you didn't get sacked half way through your placement!). So take any work placements that are available to you but prioritise the most pertinent ones.

If you are not sure what career path is for you (and don't worry, most people aren't) then the same rule applies of taking up as much work experience as you can get. Most people know a rough area they would like in, for example if you are doing an English degree it is likely that journalism, publishing or something more extraneous such as marketing could be for you. This person could look for work placements in these fields and sectors, they are obviously not going to try and gain a work placement as a chemical engineer.

Any graduate internship is absolutely invaluable in your job hunt as a graduate. It shows that you have experience in the work you are pursuing as well as the required traits of all employees to be reliable, hard working and dedicated. Additionally, it shows that another employer has deemed you suitable enough to work in their company of institution which helps to advise the decision for your interviewer.