Never too young for internships

Never too young for internships
Ms Chelsea Castro, a third-year aviation management and services student at Temasek Polytechnic, at Changi Airport Terminal 2 on 7 November 2013. She worked as a flight attendant during her six-month internship with budget airline Scoot from April to September 2013.

Many youngsters are grabbing places and opportunities for various internships, and schools should encourage more students to apply for such openings.

Some might think that youngsters aged 13 or 14 should focus on their studies instead, but I disagree.

Internships are a good platform for students to be exposed to the working world.

They can not only pick up skills that are useful in the working world, but also gain experience that will help them perform better in their future jobs.

Internships teach youngsters that it is not easy for their parents to earn a living, and to spend money wisely.

Polytechnics and universities offer such opportunities for their students, and secondary schools should start encouraging their students to participate in such programmes.

I have a couple of friends who were interns during the school holidays.

Youngsters should take up the challenge, so they can understand what their parents go through at work every day.

-Lee Song Yang, 15, Secondary 3 student

This article was first published on July 16, 2014.
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