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The Value of Internships While In College


If you’re about to begin your college career – congratulations!

College is a time of exploring, maturing and growing into the amazing adult you’re setting out to become.

There are lots of key steps along the way to make this journey a reality and have a positive ending.

While the pot at the end of the rainbow should be all the knowledge you’ve amassed during these four years, the reality is, the pot of gold is the quality of job, within your field of study, that you’re able to land upon graduation.

Not to mention having a nice salary doesn’t hurt either. Follow these tips from the experts to make your dream a reality.

Freshman year is a period of adjustment, a time for exploration and growing independence.

Once you’ve honed in on an area of study, begin to develop your network of seasoned graduates, professors and industry leaders.

Volunteering in clubs on campus that focus on your area of study is a huge start. Often, guest speakers, company tours and networking sessions are part of the objectives of these clubs.

If that’s not the case, be a leader and initiate functions that will benefit all of the members after graduates.

No doubt you’ll receive terrific support from the faculty advisors. Also, it’s difficult to figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life when you are only 18 years old and just recently graduated from high school and moved out of your parents home.

Yet this seems to be the continuing expectation as we are asked to decide our majors almost instantly upon entering college.

Sure you have time to finalize it, but you have a set curriculum to follow for each course of study, and the longer you take to decide the longer it may take to graduate with your degree.

However, there are ways to make this decision easier.

As early as the end of your freshman year, build your resume and have a faculty member review it.

Sure there probably won’t be a lot of meat and substance on it, but it doesn’t make having a clean and legible resume any less important. In addition, you should focus on a general cover letter as well.

If you have completed those tasks, congratulations, you’re now ready to head to the career center and begin applying for summer internships.

Often times finding an internship with only 1 year into college can be quite difficult, though you should still make an attempt.

It’s often not until Sophomore or Junior year that you are able to find a quality internship.

Keep in mind that your first internship may not be terribly exciting and you may well feel undervalued. It’s called paying your dues. Keep this up every summer during college. Maintain your contacts with each of these companies as well as the campus career center.

It’s even possible that the first internship might be unpaid, what’s more, you might find yourself paying for college credit/tuition just to have the privilege of working this internship.

Follow Up Email
Keep in mind the proper internship etiquette. It’s hugely impact to write follow up notes to prospective employers, thank you notes to contacts that helped you along the way as well as emails to stay in touch and keep your network abreast of your studies and post-graduation objectives.

You must take the initiative to do each of these things, none are requirements and no-one will do them for you. The payoff, however, will be huge. When interviewing for a full time position after graduation, those students with solid internship experience will be the first hired for the best jobs.

If you can manage to snag an internship two or three years of college you will find your resume and employability rising to the top of the pile.

Employers always value real world experience over merely having book knowledge.

Good luck to you!
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IGNOU B.Ed 2016 Admission, Fee, Eligibility, Syllabus

IGNOU BEd 2015-2016
IGNOU provides B.Ed programme under its School of Education (SOE); However, IGNOU takes admission into its Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) course every year usually in the month of August through an entrance exam/test. Thousands of Applicants appear in IGNOU B.Ed Entrance Exam/Test that is held in different Regional study centers of university. Only those candidates can participate in the entrance exam/test that fulfills the eligibility criteria as per IGNOU norms. Generally Admit cards for the B.Ed Entrance Exam are made available 10 days before the Entrance Exam Date and admissions are made on merit obtained by the candidates in the B.Ed Entrance Exam.

IGNOU B.Ed 2016 : About the Course

Under its School of Education (SOE) Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) offers 2 years B.Ed course as a distance mode.
IGNOU Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) Programme focuses on building up a healthy understanding and skills needed for this profession especially for maintaining effective teaching-learning process at the secondary stage. IGNOU B.Ed programme also helpful for those practicing teachers who want to gain effective learning methods, experiences and provide an understanding of different areas like: educational evaluation, school management etc. IGNOU offer B.Ed programme under distance learning mode and medium of instruction are both in English and Hindi. Today we are going to cover a detailed post on IGNOU B.Ed admission procedure, fee structure, course duration, eligibility criteria & B.Ed syllabus.

IGNOU B.Ed Admission Procedure

Admission Procedure for the IGNOU B.Ed Programme is very easy However, admissions conduct Regional Centre-wise on the basis of the score obtained by the candidates in the entrance test. There is no minimum or maximum limit for the age to take admission in the IGNOU B.Ed Programme. Applicants/Candidates are only required to submit the duly filled application form with attested copies of required documents as specified in Entrance-cum-Admission Form. After entrance test & getting selected candidates will receive an offer letter for admission from the Regional Centre, then original documents will be required to submit.

IGNOU B.Ed Eligibility Criteria

Candidates should have possessed following eligibility criteria defined by IGNOU for B.Ed Programme:

1. A Graduate Degree or Post Graduate Degree from a Recognize University in any discipline with 50% of marks.

2. Years full time teaching experience on temporary/permanent basis as Primary/Graduate/Post Graduate teacher in a primary, secondary/higher/senior secondary school and candidate should be in service at the time of submitting application form & producing the original documents at the Regional Centre. The certificate of experience should be issued by the Principal or Headmaster/ Headmistress only.

In Case of reservation, for SC/ST/O.B.C (Non-Creamy Layer) candidates and other categories shall be done as per Central Government rules.
5% percent marks relaxation in favour of SC/ST/Kashmiri Migrant and other categories candidates, if any, as per Govt. of India Rules.

IGNOU B.Ed Fee Structure

As far as B.Ed programme fee structure is concern, a candidate has to pay Lump sum Rs. 20,000/- for the entire programme in the first year and fee should be paid only through a Demand Draft (D.D) drawn in favour of IGNOU payable at the city where your Regional Centre is situated. For example: IGNOU, Regional Centre, Agra 0123456.
Note: Please write your name and programme name in capital letters on the back of the (D.D) Demand Draft.

IGNOU B.Ed:  Course Duration

Minimum duration of the B.Ed programme is 2 years. On the other hand, Maximum period is 4 years for completing the course.

IGNOU B.Ed  Entrance Exam          

Every year Entrance Test for B.Ed programme is being held usually, in the month of August and Hall tickets are made available to the candidates before 10 days of the Entrance Test. Candidates can download Hall Ticket from IGNOU website, In case of non-receipt of Hall Ticket and further, report to Regional Examination Centre for appearing in the Entrance exam.

IGNOU B.Ed Syllabus

Group A: Core Courses (Total: 20 Credits)
In this highly competitive world and innovation in teaching methods and practice, the job requirement of a school teachers have been broaden, following five core courses of 4 credits each are identified for the B.Ed programme are as follows:


Title of Course

ES 331

Curriculum and Instruction


4 Credits
ES 332

Psychology of Learning & Development

4 Credits
ES 333

Educational Evaluation

4 Credits
ES 334

Education and Society

4 Credits
ES 335

Teacher and School

4 Credits

* Group B: Content-Based Methodology Course (Total: 8 Credits)
Out of the Following list of school subjects any two courses should be selected by the candidate:


Title of Course

ES 341

Teaching of Science

4 Credits
ES 342

Teaching of Mathematics

4 Credits
ES 343

Teaching of Social Studies

4 Credits
ES 344

Teaching of English

4 Credits
ES 345

Teaching of Hindi

4 Credits

Teaching of Tamil

4 Credits

Group C: Special Course (Total: 4 Credits)

Out of the following list, one course is required by the candidate to be opted for:


Title of Course

ES 361

Educational Technology

4 Credits
ES 362

Computer in Education

 4 Credits
ES 363

Guidance and Counseling

4 Credits
ES 364

Distance Education

4 Credits
ES 85

Integral Education

4 Credits

Compulsory Courses (Total: 8 Credits)

In the IGNOU B.Ed programme following two courses on HIV/AIDS Education are compulsory and to be offered in B.Ed II year i.e Jan, 2011 in addition to one optional course from Sl. No. 1 to 4 above.


Title of Course


HIV and AIDS Education

            4 Credits

Adolescence and Family Education

            4 Credits    

Group D: Practical Courses (Total: 16 Credits)

In this group of practical courses; focus on skill development & practical knowledge of the subject-content is being provided. The practical experiences are shown under the following three practical courses:


Title of Course

ES 381

School-based Practicals

4 Credits
ES 382

Workshop-based Practicals

4 Credits
ES 383

Practice Teaching

8 Credits

you can download IGNOU B.Ed syllabus in Pdf format from its official website.

IGNOU B.Ed:  Contact Details

For more information on B.Ed programme students may contact on following details:

Regional Director,
Student Service Centre, IGNOU,
Maidan Garhi, New Delhi -110068
E-mail: ssc@ignou.ac.in Telephone: 011-29535714
Website: www.ignou.ac.in
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