How to make your ‘non-relevant’ degree relevant to any internship

Alice Noonan

How to make your ‘non-relevant’ degree relevant to any internship

As a human genetics student I was apprehensive about applying for a business internship. I could barely understand the job titles I was applying for, let alone explain why I wanted to work in them. Throughout the application and interview process and the internship itself, I have learnt a lot about how to use the skills I already possess, in a business environment.

  1. My first tip for anyone going from Science to Business is not to undersell yourself. It is easy to feel like you are not worthy of a place on an EY internship because you don’t have as much knowledge about the business world as others. You might not realise that the core skills you have developed in your STEM background are actually extremely applicable to a corporate environment. Analysing data, presenting and dealing with numbers are all vital skills needed during your time here in EY. During my internship these were the skills I used the most.  I can honestly say there wasn’t any task I was given where I felt out of my depth compared to other interns from business backgrounds.
  2. My second tip is to use your non-traditional background to your advantage. The best thing about coming from a different background is that you think differently to everyone else. It might be hard to see this as an advantage at time, but EY are always looking for people who look at things in a different way, and see things from a different perspective. Especially during the application process this is something that will set you aside from the others.
  3. My final tip is to keep an open mind and be enthusiastic! A good attitude and strong work ethic are the most important attributes to have as an intern. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, everyone is so patient and more than happy to help!

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