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Paid vs Unpaid internship; which is better?

Be wise when choosing internships. Wrong internship may have unintended consequences in the long run



When looking for internship before or after graduation, it’s important to carefully consider which to pursue. Just because an internship is paid doesn’t automatically make it right for you. In fact, it can set your career back in the long run if you are only choosing it because it’s paid.

Paid Internship


Compensation: The most obvious advantage of a paid internship is you get paid. And it’s no secret how motivating it can be.

Confidence Boost: Unpaid internship can make you feel like your time and work is not worthy, which can reduce your self-esteem. Paid internships are a great confidence booster as they make you feel that your work is valued.

Resume-building: Paid and unpaid internships both look good on your resume, but this is especially the case for paid internships

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Irrelevant field: Although you may succeed in finding a paid internship, the chances of you getting one in your field of choice are low. A lot of students compromise and end up pursuing paid internships in a different industry.

If your internship is not in the field that you want to work in, then your chances of securing a job in that field in the future are unlikely as even though you have an internship, the skills you gained may not be relevant to the roles you want to apply for.

Huge workload: There’s no such thing as a free lunch. If someone pays you, they are going to expect something in return. Your employer may see you as a replacement employee, not just a trainee, and adjust your workload accordingly.

Miss out on following your dreams: Transition from college straight to a paid internship and then a high-paying job is tempting. But is the opportunity something you really want to pursue? If the answer is yes, you’re on the right track otherwise, explore your options.

Unpaid Internships

In reality many unpaid internships come with amazing perks. Sometimes, these perks even make up for the “not being paid” part.

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Valuable experience: Unpaid internships can bring you a wealth of experience. You’ll get to work with passionate people in a field you love. It leaves you free to explore, learn, experiment, and grow.Unpaid internships are also great for character building.

Testing the waters: If you are a person who values their dreams, then this is for you. Quite a few students are pushed into their internship and, indeed, career paths by societal influences, peer pressure, and parental demands. These students end up unhappy and dissatisfied several months in.

Training opportunities: Paid internships are prone to having strict work programs and schedules. Unpaid internships, on the other hand, usually have fewer constraints. Unpaid interns are likely to be free to explore a bit more.

You can see how your company works firsthand, job shadow other people, and even attend company training courses or gain professional qualifications which may be offered by the company.

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Stress and financial constraints: Most students can’t afford to work for free, even if it is for a brief period. If they have no choice but to get an unpaid internship, many take up part-time or even full-time jobs to earn a living. It can lead to a great deal of stress.

May affect future employment: Having an unpaid internship on your resume doesn’t always look as good as a paid internship. When you apply for a job somewhere, the employer may be impressed by your work experience. But then they’ll see you didn’t get paid.

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4 things we need to normalise before the end of 2021!



A lot has been said about some of these things but it is time we shed them off. Most of these things are not cast on stones but are deeply rooted in us.  Let us work towards normalising them.

1. Clubbing in sneakers for ladies

After a tough week of hustling, adulting, and paying bills, the weekend is here and you need to loosen up, go clubbing, and have fun. Question is, does it always have to be in heels? You probably already use your heels during workdays. Ditch them and go for something comfier.

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2. Male grooming

For the longest time, we have been uptight when we see men getting serious about their grooming. It is about time we do away with the labeling of well-groomed men.

And for the men, getting a pedicure and using face masks does not make you any less of a man.

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3. Calling out rogue service providers

It is about time we put an end to staying quiet whenever any service provider treats us awfully. Routine is simple- let them know you don’t like how they are treating you and if need be, contact the customer care office.

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4. Commercialising our passions

We don’t really need white-collar jobs to get things going. With the current unemployment situation in the country, the least you can do is find something to put food on your table. Commercialise that passion.

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COVID-19 and your mental health

One and a half years down the line, the world is still battling COVID-19.




The pandemic has devasted a lot of people especially young adults, some have lost their loved ones while others have lost their jobs. As a result, most of us experience loneliness, anxiety, depression, stress, and also nervous breakdowns.

As devastating as COVID-19 has been, the issue of its effects on mental health may last longer than the disease itself and that is why it’s important to learn self-care strategies and get the care you need to cope.

Below are some of the self-care strategy tips that can help improve your mental health.

Take care of your body both Mental/Emotional and Spiritual health

This is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his/her potential while navigating the stresses and difficulties of life.

You need to remain calm and focused while working things out with respect and unconditional intent to find a solution. Ultimately your personal character; personal strength and courage will evolve. Attaining this requires you to make healthy choices in terms of your nutrition, relationships, social contact, work, and leisure activities.

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Avoid peer pressure to taking drugs.

Peer pressure! We all go through it in our lives, sometimes it has positive impacts. However, if you’re a victim of negative peer pressure it can have a negative impact on your mental health during this time of the pandemic.

Be very particular about the peers you have; just have those who fit well in your ideal thinking about career options, hobbies, and interests.

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Limit screen time and take time to relax and recharge.

Set aside time for yourself. Even a few minutes of quiet time can be refreshing and help to quiet your mind and reduce anxiety. Many people benefit from practices such as deep breathing, yoga, and meditation. Listen to music or podcasts, read a book, or go out with your friends while following the preventive measures for COVID-19. Just do something that will help you relax.

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How to use Zoom like a pro

Working from home has become the new normal after, well, Covid. All we need to do is embrace it and use it to our advantage.



Almost everything is held virtually, and this goes for conferences, meetings and seminars too. This doesn’t have to stop you from acing that presentation or interview because applications like Zoom came through for such moments. Now having Zoom is one thing, but knowing how to use its features like a pro is the key to unlocking successful calls.


This feature is a great plus for your presentations. You get to share with other members in the call a PowerPoint you created, or a document and even videos. Some have watched a full movie during those virtual parties thanks to this feature right here.

You can access it by clicking the Share screen icon in the toolbar at the bottom of the meeting screen. Now take note that once you click this option, everyone in the call can see what you are sharing. So mute those notifications, clear your tabs, and you are good to go.

How to Share a Screen on Zoom

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Recently, I conducted a virtual interview for an article I was writing on sexual health advocacy. Recording the whole call came in handy during the writing process for references and quotations. Just like we take records of important events and meetings, Zoom also allows you to do this and have an archive to get back to. On top of the call screen, there’s a recording button which you can click on to save the whole meeting to your device.


If you have to get on a quick call but is worried about your physical background, you can virtually transport yourself to a background of your choice! It could be in space, the beach, an office, and many other options which Zoom avails to its participants.

Simply go to setting, click on Virtual background, and select or upload a background of your choice. Companies have also customized backgrounds to fit that of their company logo which makes it have a more professional look.

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Breakout rooms

You can create breakout rooms within a call to create smaller group discussions. For example, if the whole office is in call, each department can have their own rooms to discuss an agenda then get back to the main room for pitches or feedback. Alternatively, this feature is perfect for game nights where the call members each have a team. It brings out the competitiveness and teamwork, making the games successful.

As the meeting host, you can start a breakout room by clicking Account management then Account settings. Under the Meeting tab, click Breakout Room. From there, you can assign participants to their respective rooms.

Beauty filter

If you thought beauty filter was on Instagram and Snapchat only, you thought wrong. Zoom has it too! This is perfect for the days you just need a little touch up to bring out that virtual glow. The ‘Touch Up My Appearance’ feature can be found on the settings button, under video settings. Just like any other beauty filter, it makes your appearance look smooth, and dewy for your calls.



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