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4 Reasons Why Internships and Externships Can Give You a Competitive Edge in the Job Market



If you’ve ever thought about changing careers but weren’t sure if you could pull it off, here’s some inspiration for you: Some of Salter’s Fall River students are about to make the next big leap into the career pool.

Students in the professional medical assistant training program, health claims specialist (medical biller and coder), and the massage therapy training program at Salter’s Fall River campus were recently recognized for completing their coursework. (Check out our Facebook page to see some more photos of the ceremony.)

Next step: professional, on-the-job training through Salter’s internship and externship program.

Why does Salter require students to complete on-the-job training before graduation? Here are four important reasons.

1.  Professional experience

Internships and externships allow graduates to enter their job searches with professional experience.

While completing school is important, many employers know that that’s not enough to be assured that someone can translate their new skills to a professional environment. Job candidates who come in with on-the-job experience may be in a better position to hit the ground running.

2.  Career goal test drive

Many career paths have several sub-specialties. For example, a professional medical assistant may work in a general practitioner’s office, a hospital, or a specialty care center.

Completing an internship or externship allows students to “test drive” a job setting. That can allow graduates to have a more informed and targeted job search when they’re ready to enter the workforce full-time.

3.  Networking opportunities

Working side-by-side with professionals in the field can be a valuable source of contacts when trying to land that first job – or even later ones.

Using the externship experience to meet practitioners can be a great source of job referrals. Of course, students who can use an internship or externship supervisor as a reference may have an even bigger advantage.

4.  Skill enhancer

One of the biggest advantages to getting on-the-job experience is the opportunity to learn. Working side-by-side with professionals helps students not only expand upon what they’ve learned, but it can also help them build confidence in their skills.

Interested in learning more about Salter’s internship and externship programsRequest more information or schedule a tour at our campuses in Fall River, Tewksbury, Malden, or New Bedford. 


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