Get experience and get paid for it too!
With all the negative attention around internships, companies may be tempted to shy away from the idea, but this is a poor business decision. The investment you make in internship programs can provide a tremendous return for the company and the student, so it should not be overlooked.
Despite the time and energy that goes into hiring, training, and managing interns, I believe in my heart of hearts that if you can take the time and patience to invest in an intern, it pays off in the long run.
If you are hiring summer students, have teenagers slouching around the house, or you are a forward-thinking CEO, you are spending some time thinking about Gen Z. The follow-on generation to the Millennials is something of an unknown to most. The biggest question: how they are going to perform in the workforce?
In Canada, there are more Google searches for summer jobs in April than any other time of year, and globally, LinkedIn sees more students active on the platform than any other time of the year. For those of you that haven't yet found a role, there's no need to panic.
So, what makes you look bad? Trying to upstage your manager, particularly if you are a lot younger than them. New ideas are always welcome, but you should always be taking them to your manager first. I see many hardworking, successful millennials in the workforce, but there are some I wish I could just course-correct a little bit.
At this point I will join my voice with the millions of health, wellness and fashion masses and proclaim that 2016 is the year for change. It is the year for you to do something for yourself and take a stab at doing what you love. Here is what I wish I had known in the beginning.
I've offered full-time employment to almost 80 per cent of those who have interned at my firm. If you just landed an internship, take the advice from someone who has seen the best and worst of interns. If you are trying to make this internship roll over into a full time gig, keep these points in mind.
So next time you're in the cafeteria comparing grades, or you're hearing about all the amazing internships your friends are getting, think to yourself two things: other peoples' successes are often not as glamorous as they self-describe, and secondly, do your own thing.
Help Wanted: responsibilities include selling, hanging and folding clothes. The ad reads like a posting for the typical after