Millennials: How to Prepare Yourself for Your Future Career (Part II)

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When it comes to hiring people in the current generation, one of the biggest concerns among employers is that Millennials are not adequately prepared to enter the workforce due to a lack of proper work ethic, experience, and certain essential skills.

On top of that, some Millennials–around 60% of those surveyed, according to a recent study conducted by Bentley University–have also reported that they don’t feel comfortable taking a professional career, and personally blame themselves.

Last Friday, we discussed some of the ways that Millennials can prepare themselves for their future career. To round off our discussion, here are a few more tips:

  • Invest in your soft skills. You may be infinitely qualified when it comes to the technical side of the position, but that won’t necessarily guarantee that you are ready for the job. Investing in your soft skills–which refers to a person’s attitude, communication skills, ability to work with others, critical thinking skills, and work ethic–is an extremely important part of getting yourself ready for your career and ensuring that you are a well-rounded candidate and employee. Not only that—making sure you have a great balance between your technical skills and soft skills can help make you stand out amongst others vying for the position.
  • Take advantage of internships. Internships are a great way to make an ‘in’ with the company you possibly want to work for. Not only will it help you gain the necessary the experience that you would need for the job, but it’s also a great way to test out a field without taking on a full-time job after graduation. And, if you decide to not go out for the position, at least you gain some experience in the professional world and are building your resume–a definite win-win for you.
  • Show off your values and skills. Millennials are quite different from their older counterparts, but that shouldn’t be negative thing. Take the time to show employers how your values and skills can actually help contribute to their company’s success. Whether that means your great technology and social media skills, or that you believe authenticity is an important part of a professional career, take the time to translate your skills into real business value.

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Employers: What You Need to Know About Internships (Part II)

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On Friday, we kicked off our brief guide on what employers need to know about internships.

As we mentioned, an internship program is a great way for employers to tap into the future emerging workforce without making any unnecessary sacrifices that usually come with hiring students looking for part-time work.

Not only that, but internships are also a great benefit for candidates, especially students looking to “test the waters” as they prepare for their professional career.

In short, internships can be a win-win situation, but only if you put in the effort. Today, we are going to give you some tips on how you make the most out of your internships. Take a look below:

Have an actual program. Don’t wing it on your internships. Having a formal policy with a staff or coordinator to enforce it will help to guarantee that your internship program won’t be abused by the employees or the interns. This helps to prevent any unwanted legal repercussions that have plagued internships in recent years, as well as prevent the program from wasting the company’s and the candidate’s time.

  • Make it an authentic experience. The purpose of an internship is for your interns to gain insight as to how your company functions, so it only makes sense that you give them the real experience. Leave the grunt work out of the program and make sure that the interns will actually benefit and learn something new.
  • They’re interns, not employees. Along with an authentic experience, you have to make sure it is a learning experience. Remember, they aren’t getting the same benefits as your employees so you need to reward them with a different set of benefits such as feedback, a chance to progress and learn, and hopefully a new set a skills. Always keep in mind that their goals are much different than your employees’, and make sure your program is adequately meeting them.
  • Think long-term. While internships may be short-term, you always have to have a long-term goal in mind. One of the great advantages of an internship program is that you have an opportunity to introduce these interns to your company’s culture. As such, you should always treat your interns as potential candidates and hopefully, your efforts may actually pay off when it comes time to hiring them.

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Employers: What You Need to Know About Internships (Part I)

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Summer is fast approaching, and with school obligations out of the way, that means it’s a great opportunity for students to gain some sort of experience that will be vital to their future career.

For many companies, this can prove to be a problem. Since a majority of students have to return to school and fully commit to their studies, hiring them during summer break only provides a small window of opportunity to tap into the bright and rich talent of the future emerging work force. In turn, companies end up spending a lot of time and resources training their young employees, knowing that many of them won’t return after three months.

Still, that doesn’t mean you should leave the hiring to the companies who can handle the turnovers. One way to take advantage of the brief time with these future professionals is by utilizing an internship program. To guide you through the art of internships, here is a brief guide on everything you need to know about them.

For today, we’ll focus on why you should consider using internships. Take a look below:

  • Less commitment for you. Creating an internship program helps to formalize your approach to these short-term employees. By specifically designating them as interns, you already know ahead of time what you need to commit to them, helping to reduce the amount of time and resources that you would usually put towards a full-time or even part-time employee.
  • Builds your candidate pool. Secondly, internships help to build your candidate pool because they give students the option to test out your company. With internships, those who are unsure about where they want to go in their professional career may feel more comfortable with applying because they understand that there is less commitment involved in the position.
  • A future employee “trial run.” Employers can also utilize internships as a trial run for future employees. One, internships help you to scope out and lock in on top talent; two, you have solid evidence of their work; and three, they’ll already be acclimated to the company culture and all of the procedures, making it a win-win situation for you.

Check back tomorrow when we give you a few tips on how your company can go about making a successful internship program.

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