Any Experience Is Good Experience?
In this day and age, gaining experience is crucial in progressing in the workforce. Employers are always asking for you to provide examples of your experience in your CV’s and are also asking in interviews to draw upon your past experiences to explain to them why you’re best suited for the job.
I just wanted to raise the point that looking for opportunities is what you should be doing, of course. However, if you hate what you are doing and you are just doing it for the sake of experience, then I recommend you to look elsewhere. Jobs are very competitive these days but you should not sacrifice your happiness or your mental health just to secure a placement or experience of some sort.
What I always do when it comes to big decisions is to weigh out the pros and cons and if I am capable and willing to overcome the cons. If I know that I am going to hate the placement or internship, then I would not do it. I would look elsewhere to try and gain some experience. On the back of that, I would always advise you to apply to many places rather than just one. Do not put all your eggs in one basket because if it turns out that you do get rejected, then it may be too late to secure a placement elsewhere.
When you are on the placement/internship, make use of the time that you have. Ask questions to learn more about the firm and more about the day to day working environment to envision what it would be like to work there. This will also help you to stand out from everybody else. Also think about references for every single experience that you have under your wing. These will really help you when applying to jobs in the future.
To recap, always seek out opportunities and try to get as much experience as you can under your belt. But please do not burn yourself out or risk your mental health whilst doing so.