Productivity War : Internships vs Add on Courses


Unlocking the Confusion

If you're done with watching all Netflix shows, and have caught up with all Instagram posts from the past 2 months, it's time that you get up from the sofa and look for opportunities to utilize this lockdown period productively. Open LinkedIn and you'll see how every person is either doing a work from a home internship or an add on courses. There are thousands of free courses available online. But isn't it confusing whether to go for an internship or a course? Don't worry, we've got it all covered for you in this 5 min read.

A modern-day industrial framework is turning excessively complex and sophisticated and so is the job market. With a myriad number of applicants vying for similar goals, job recruitments have been excessively competitive and talent-driven. This has initiated the requirement of the holistic development of candidature as compared to a solely academic one. In addition to academics, non-academic activities such as co-curricular, internships and certification courses are considered irrefutably important. The job market is a tough learning curve for recent graduates thereby it's important for you to ensure that you have an idea about the practical concepts that are employed in the real corporate world. Paving way for applied learning and industry-related knowledge in college life is important for you and for every other student vying for a post-academic corporate settlement. Delhi University provides numerous opportunities for bagging stupendous Internship offers and add on course selections.



An internship is a formal program to provide practical experience for beginners in an occupation or profession. An internship helps you to get a prelude of the work methodology in business houses and enables them to explore various profiles of management. From HR to Consulting and from Sales to Marketing, an internship provides to you, a short term exploration of multifarious profiles thus helping you to decide on your choice of the department in the future. The most important element of internships is that they integrate classroom knowledge and theory with practical application and skills developed in professional or community settings. They also bring a wealth of benefits to students, both while completing a degree and when seeking a career path later. 

In Delhi University, there is an increasing number of startups and student-led commercial/social initiatives which is a befitting way to start your internship career. They enable them to have hands-on experience at a very nascent stage thus helping you get real-life experience. You can be a part of College groups, be active on LinkedIn, and actively seize on-campus internship opportunities both in startups or other big business houses. So start early to enable you to get a befitting internship to enable you in knowing more about the stupendous business world.


On the other hand, an add on course/certification course is one which provides opportunities to students to learn additional subjects or academic concepts beyond their prescribed curriculum. Various colleges, universities and academic institutions provide a variety of add on courses to choose from. These includes short term courses on various industrial concepts like finance, sales, business analytics, financial modelling, data analytics, coding among many others. In the recent past, various startups such as Coursera, Udemy, UnSchool having initiated the trend of an providing online add-on courses.They are a budget friendly way to get hands on experience to some extra knowledge or subjects. They hold great market importance as they are increasingly demanded by various business houses and corporates.

An increasing trend of add on courses is to choose one amongst the many available online. They can be done without any time restrictions thus increasing the freedom of learning. 

Albeit both internships/add on courses have there own advantages and limitations, an internship is regarded more industry friendly because of the following reasons. Firstly, internship provides application of education and career exploration. It helps to apply classroom knowledge into a real world experience. Secondly, internships helps the participant to develop a nexus of industry contacts and networks. It helps to build effective relationships between people engaged in similar work affairs. They provide a great environment to meet professionals in the career field one wishes to pursue, as well as other interns that who have similar interests. Thirdly, an internship experience helps the candidate to develop the sense of professionalism and know more about how a professional workplace operates. Internships help students learn all about workplace culture, employee relations, and leadership structure, which should help them onboard in their first professional job with more ease than if they haven’t had professional experience.




Securing your internship is the first step that you take towards not only building your career but also your personality. The professional confidence and learning achieved during an internship is a superb asset when you start your first full-time job or apply for your Masters. And, if you're planning to pursue a degree abroad, then internships are imperative, as Foreign universities do not believe in mere education degree, they give an equal importance to Work experience. Showing an employer that you already have relevant gives you an upper hand when compared to a candidate that has no real world experience. Although academics do matter to a certain extent but it can never be a substitute for real life exposure. Wrapping it up, gone are the days when an A grade on your report card could do the job. Your employer is more interested in what you can DO than what you've learnt from your textbooks.

If you are looking for any such opportunity then write to us at careers@houseitt.in and get ready to join the coolest team on campus 

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