WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5
Though my college days are long over, I still recall how there was such a huge difference in the attitude of students when applying for internships – some did them just because of the compulsion, whereas some were quite enthusiastic. In the hindsight, this did make a lot of difference. Even in my career as a marketing manager, I found so many students unwilling to take their internships seriously. All they wanted from me as a company guide was a signature on their reports and attendance sheets.
A major reason for this lack of enthusiasm for internships is that people fail to realize the impact that it might have on their careers; they remain ignorant of the way a good internship can propel a successful career.
What is the book all about?
The book, Intern Abroad This Summer is an all-encompassing comprehensive guide to foreign internships. It stresses the word “foreign” because it enlightens us about the competitive advantage of foreign internships over Indian ones. For the many people who are unaware of how to go about finding a paid foreign internship, this books systematically lists out the entire process of getting such internships – right from researching these internships to finding out the ideal one to ultimately getting ready for them.
Is the book helpful?
In my opinion, Intern Abroad This Summer will be helpful to all college-going and soon-to-be-job-seeking individuals. It provides a great deal of information about foreign internships in an easy to read manner. The way the book is written – with the help of bullet points, with easy recaps, examples from a popular movie, and a lot of anecdotes from the author, it makes it easier for the reader to understand and retain most of the knowledge from this book. Rather than being an insipid academic read, the book is more like a friendly career counsellor.
Plethora of Information
The book will no doubt provide some excellent guidance and plethora of knowledge to anybody who chooses to make use of it. There is an exhaustive amount of information on various related topics such as the various institutes that offer an internship, various ways of funding your foreign internship, preparing for logistics and also an exhaustive packing list.
What I did not like
The only thing that I did not like about this book was the lack of thorough editing. Though most of the book is properly edited, a few pages appeared to have been lifted off websites without a proper check. For example, there is a section which lists the various institutes offering internships in India, which seems particularly so.
Intern Abroad This Summer is an entertaining read in the sense that the author has tried to dole out professional and relevant wisdom to young minds while taking care that the book doesn’t become a dull read. He has made use of ample stories, anecdotes and experiences from people who have been in the same boat as the targeted reader. The author also recounts his own experiences when it comes to foreign internships.
Pick it up if
Pick this book up if you are a college student. If you are looking for a good advice on how to hone your professional skills, build your resume. This is especially true if you are an engineering or management student who is looking for ways to gain that “competitive edge”. The book will also prove to be helpful for parents and teachers who in turn can guide their children and students respectively.
Skip the book if
Skip the book if the topic of internships is irrelevant to you especially if you are already settled and successful in your career.
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Aniket Singh is an alumnus of IIT Madras. Having studied in India, England, Italy and Switzerland and travelled across the world he has settled in California, United States. He currently works for Apple in Cupertino, California.
Author Page: www.aniketsingh.com
Book Page: www.internabroadthissummer.com