Whew! The weekend just flew by with so much more work to catch up on! Hope you guys had enjoyed it as much as I do 🙂
Just yesterday, I had attended a casual meetup session with our program director, Dr Mike Molesworth to gain a little more insight to the degree. Majority of the time spent during the session was about internship and I had been guilty of not putting much effort in sourcing for a company as of yet.
Anyways, back to the topic: Students should acknowledge that internship is vital for their personal development.
Recapping the polytechnic days, there would always be dissatisfaction factors voiced out from my peers. The concerns raised are as follows:
- Allowances – Some students were paid as low as 450$ per month. Much lesser than my army allowance as an admin support assistant.
- The Slavery Perception – We all experienced it before, tasked to complete the most insignificant jobs out there which serves no purpose to what we really want to learn.
- Module Credits – It’s equivalent to 6 module credits and if we were graded badly, it would affect our GPA so badly.
For interns, sometimes we might tasked to complete the most insignificant jobs to offload our supervisor’s pressure getting paid with peanuts with the constant pressure of unable to achieve better grades.
Been there, done that and from a diploma holder perspective, the concerns were really insignificant as compared to what I had experienced. It had offered me a platform to test-drive my skills and contribute to the organization. I had a clearer picture of assessing questions pertaining to my interest in retail and my weaknesses under a sheltered work environment.
Tip of the day: It’s about your progression and development as an undergraduate. Be enthusiastic about it! It might be the most simplest task, but constantly ask yourself if there are room for improvements and contribute in every means possible that is. The management would always appreciate employees with a heart to learn and you would get much more in return.
At my workplace, I am assigned to liaise with the lecturers in charge under education institutions and manage the students undertaking manufacturing programs. From a management perspective, partaking in industrial placement programs brings forth the following benefits:
- Manpower – In a fast paced business process when time is crucial especially retail and manufacturing, well trained interns are a big help to schedule plannings and let us rest the full-time staffs.
- Atmosphere – Having fresh blood and youth in the firm provides a much diverse work environment and higher energy level. I enjoyed the ideas imposed by them and sharing sessions of what was taught from school.
- Employment – Future employment can be considered upon their graduation. Prior work experience under the firm makes things so much easier without the hassle of interviewing.
Tip of the day: Take into account of the individual’s learning as youths should be given a chance to be entrusted with important tasks. Make them feel integrated as part of the organisation despite being here only for the short term. Let’s not forget that by offering an experience of a lifetime for the interns, it would benefit the firm back through word of mouth and achieve enhanced reputation as well! It’s a representation of how we deal with Human Resource.
To end off this post, I would like to share an article in relation to the internship landscape currently in Singapore – Some are offered $10.000 a month, others are working for free?
In my opinion, i would define internship program as an important stepping stone for a job you wish to land in the near future and you are building your career concurrently.
Byes for now!