I've participated in a few internships before and, while most are free (as in, interns don't get any money), there are
some who pay their interns and even recruit them for a permanent position after the internship is over. IMO, here,
internships during college are more of a way to gain experience to fill your CV rather than actually make money; of
course, some get lucky and find jobs during college, but having to attend classes and go to work at basically the same
time proves to be too difficult most of the time. Sure, you can catch up later and study from the notes of others, but
it's not quite like sitting in class and hearing everything.
But I'm straying from the subject. Getting a job with only a Bachelor's Degree depends on you (what you're looking for,
your qualifications), on the potential employer (what tasks they need the potential employee to perform and what
qualifications they require), on the economic situation and so on. There's also a bit of luck about it, though, let's be
fair, and networking can play an important part in this too. Knowing the "right" people can make the job
finding process a lot easier, if not downright negligible.
Most of my former classmates are currently applying for the Master's courses, but some have found jobs and are either
satisfied with what they have and don't plan on continuing with a Master's, or they're just taking a break to gain more
experience, save up, cool down after getting the Bachelor's Degree etc. As for me, I'm currently applying for a Master's
Degree as well. Honestly, you do get more for being more qualified, but that's mostly if you manage to get into a
company where your superior qualifications are actually needed. Nobody's going to care that you have a Master's Degree
in Advertising if you're working a low-level job at a fast-food joint. It depends on how well the country's doing as
well, financially, socially, infrastructure-wise etc.
To use my own country (Romania) as an example, people complain that there are no jobs available for qualified
accountants, engineers, doctors etc.; however, this also has to do with corruption (yeah, concept overused to hell and
back, I know), poor management of funding and investments (both local and international), social and political
instability etc. From this point of view, working in the private sector (corporations) has many more advantages for the
individual than working in the public one: while the public sector is very vulnerable (in the last few years, salaries
have suffered a decrease of 25% and only small increases since then), the private one is a bit more stable - at least as
far as bigger companies go. Of course, there's also the risk of private companies packing up their shit one day and just
leaving the country and hundreds of unemployed people behind (I'm looking at you, Nokia).
And I'll end it here because it's already an essay and I'm pretty sure I've either chased everyone away or bored them to