Getting fired from an internship won’t necessarily ruin your future career plans.
Typing “fired intern” into your search engine will yield one horror story after another.
While the scenario may not be as dramatic as a Donald Trump termination, getting fired from an internship can be mortifying. Depending on the situation, it could possibly hinder opportunities for future employment.
Despite the setback, moving forward is possible.
“I think what’s important is what’s next,” said Linda Rasmussen, director of human resources at the University of Southern Mississippi. “Students are young adults, and young adults sometimes make mistakes … and I think employers look at that, too.”
With 30 years of HR experience under her belt, Rasmussen assures — in most cases — being fired from an internship becomes less significant after college.
But should students put short-lived internship experiences on their resume?
“‘Should you?’ and ‘Do you?’ are two different things,” said Southern Mississippi Director of Career Services Rusty Anderson. “Ethically, you want to be truthful on your job search.”
Acquiring an internship proves that you do have skills that interest employers, Anderson added. “It’s not like you just lose all of that.”
One former Wall Street Journal intern, Liane Membis, who lost her internship after reports of fabrication, is moving forward with her talents, according to IvyGate, a blog that covers Ivy League schools.
However, re-evaluating your skill sets and determining if you are genuinely passionate about the field could be helpful. Were you fired because you weren’t capable of completing tasks to your employer’s satisfaction, or were you not satisfied with your tasks and it showed through your work performance?
As it’s defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, internships are meant to be a type of experiential learning opportunity. So whether you stick with that particular field or take a different route, your internship still serves its purpose.
Count it as experience. As with any case of unemployment, you have to get back on the saddle, eventually.
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