/ Asked by Laura
I have recently graduated with a Bachelors degree in a computer related degree. I have no previous work experience in this field and I would like to gain some. Would it be best to do an internship or apply to graduate schemes?
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, February 29, 2016
Hi there! I think you are asking internship or grad school?  So here's what I think on that one...either or both.  There are many program tracks that might fit the bill for you.  You can check out ours at www.att.jobs/college

That having been said, what I think you will find is that different programs are going to demand different experience, education, skill sets etc.  Chances are really good that the career center at the school you just graduated from can connect you with University Relations Managers from different companies you might be interested.  Career fairs can be a great chance to connect fact to face with people in the know about the best point of entry for your desired companies.

One thing I will say about internships and development programs is this...the company then has a vested interest in your success.  This can be a truly huge positive for you.  They want to find you a position in their ranks after they have invested time and knowledge in you.  A job is the goal right!

Now grad school...something to investigate is whether or not further education is going to make a difference in the career you are aiming for.  Check out the career pages of the companies you admire or that you want to work for.  Do the job descriptions include a preference for a masters?  Do you have the time/money/inclination to take on further education?  There are personal questions, but they are extremely valid. 

Best of luck in your search!
Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Wednesday, March 2, 2016
First off, congratulations! A computer related degree is a big accomplishment! Internships and Apprenticeships are a great way to get into a company and to learn skills needed. I would highly recommend seeking out those opportunities! https://www.looksharp.com/ is a great resource when looking for internships and fulltime entry level employment. Make sure to have your career service team from your college know that you are looking too. They will have contacts for you as well. Have them look over your resume too, to ensure that it is looking great. Remember, when you are looking for work to apply to 30 opportunities a day until you land a spot. I wish you the best of luck in your search!
-Nell
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at The Hershey Company, on Thursday, March 3, 2016
Congratulations!! If you are looking to gain experience in this type of field I would recommend to do an internship. Internships are a great way to get real hands on experience and learn more about your field. I would recommend to reach out to your career center or talk to your professors about internship opportunities. If you are thinking about getting your Master’s you can always do an internship while going to school. Most classes are at night or online and some internships may even be willing to work around your school schedule. Summer internships are great too! By doing an internship this will also add to your resume which could help you stand out when applying for full-time roles. Further, some internships may even result in full-time position. Best of luck! 
Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Monday, March 7, 2016
The answer to this question may vary based on your interest. If you have a specific interest in a computer related topic, then attending Graduate School to explore that topic further is a great option. Graduate School can be very effective to get you more knowledge but sometimes it is more beneficial to further your education after you’ve had some work experience so you can better apply that advanced learning to real-life situations. Getting an internship or doing a job shadow to get some work experience may help you narrow down your interests in the computer related industry and provide you some insight into additional career opportunities that you may not have thought of yet.
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