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7 Reasons Externships are Important for Students

Ever wonder what an externship is?

Similar to an internship, an externship is a shorter, more focused learning opportunity created for students by educational institutions and employers. It gives students a chance to put their learned skills from a specific program — like a pharmacy technician program — to use in the field.

Before completing any online program, ask if externships are available.

Not only is it a great experience, but it will give you a leg up on other candidates with the same educational background who don’t have that extra on-the-job training.

Here’s a look at why healthcare certifications paired with an externship are a valuable resource for students:

Benefits of Externships

Externships are invaluable when choosing and pursuing your career path. It’s well worth the extra time and effort because of all the benefits they have for you and your budding career.

1. Resume Upgrade

What’s better than having an experience that can buff up your resume? When you participate in an externship, you take in specific learning objectives that relate to your field of study.

Two reasons it’s a great resume booster:

Paired alongside your actual training, an externship will put your resume to the top of the job application pile quickly.

2. Job Preview

Before you land in a career, it’s best to know what you’re really getting into beforehand. If you can find out more details of the type of environment you’ll be working in, it can solidify your decision to continue moving forward in the profession. An externship is an opportunity to get a bit of a job preview that allows you to experience the job and make sure it’s a good fit.

3. Get Your Foot in the Door With a Company

Externships start at the end of your training, so you’re best able to understand and apply the skills you’ve learned in your program. Many companies use externships as recruiting tools. When you prove yourself as a hard worker during your externship, a potential employer may offer a job or a referral.

4. Gain Real-World Job Skills

You can only learn so much from a book or video. It’s the hands-on externship experience that gives you a real feel for the job. Most externships expect students to clock 25-40 hours per week, which gives you a feel for true working hours. Additionally, it helps you gain skills you might not learn in school — like real-time customer interactions in a pharmacy, for example.

5. Valuable Networking Opportunities

Since you’ll be in a real-world setting — like a CVS or Walgreens pharmacy — you’ll learn how valuable your healthcare certification really is in the field. You can connect with other professionals who can share their experiences with you. Make connections and possibly find a mentor during your externship who can offer insight into additional training, job leads, and other opportunities in your field of choice.

6. Time Management

When you have to fit in an externship along with other life tasks, it helps you figure out just how quickly and valuable time is during the day. As you figure out a school and work balance, you’ll realize an externship gives you the chance to develop time-management skills that will help you throughout your life.

7. Team Work

One of the most rewarding aspects of participating in an externship is learning how teams work together in your chosen field. Most healthcare certifications lead to jobs that are team-oriented as it takes several professionals to provide optimum healthcare to patients or customers. Learning to work as part of a team is an invaluable skill that can be taken into any career.

MedCerts Programs with Externships

Get ahead with a program that offers an externship in the healthcare field. Here’s a look at a few of our top programs that offer valuable externships:

The MedCerts Difference

We always want to see our students succeed in their new careers. That’s why we’ve developed strategic partnerships, business skills courses, and offer student support to get you to where you want to go.

A few other reasons MedCerts healthcare certifications are different than other institutions:

We love helping MedCerts students land on their feet, which is why we offer some of the top job placement and externship partnerships to our students. Ready to move your healthcare training to the next level? Sign up for an externship experience to help you stand out from the rest.

Interested in learning more about our available externships? Reach out to an education consultant today!


Seraine Page

Seraine Page is a freelance writer based out of Florida with over a decade of writing experience. As an award-winning journalist, she loves creating content to engage, educate, and entertain MedCerts readers.

Written July 19, 2019

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