Work-integrated learning is a popular concept, emerging in developed countries. Under this concept, the undergraduate students complete an internship program to obtain the necessary credit hours for completion of the degree. Why internship has become an important part of professional development, you ask?
Internship Is The Gateway to Professional Industry
Internship opens the door to professional industry for students. For employers, it is a gateway to fresh ideas, energy, and talent. It comes with the following benefits for employees.
- Internship makes the students adaptable to professional work culture and multiculturalism.
- It polishes their communication skills, which is necessary for business dealing, project management, and various other areas of business development.
- Internship enables the students to bridge the gap between idea and execution.
- It teaches time and project management.
- It helps learn challenge acceptance and accomplishment. With exposure to different challenges, the students learn stress management, time-bound job completion, and working under pressure conditions.
- Above all, it polishes the leadership/entrepreneurship skills among the employees.
For employers, internship has more to offer than just fresh talent.
- Employers can find new talent (read market gems) by hiring the interns. Since internship is short-termed and there is not job commitment, companies can switch to more interns until they hire their desired candidates. Meanwhile, the position will not remain vacant.
- Employers get access to new ideas and fresh energy from the market. Interns, capable of learning and adapting to the instructions, have the energy to complete the task in lesser time, if supervised properly.
- An intern can be anyone, from a university student to a skilled employee in 40s.
The Connection between Skill Development and Internship Satisfaction
Case 01: A company hires an intern for a specific job. The company does not train or analyze the skills of employee. The intern completes the given assignment and leaves.
Result: The company may have lost one of the future industry leaders by not evaluating the skills of employee. The intern completed the job and earned money but did not learn/discover skills.
Case 02: A company hires an intern, evaluates the skills, and trains the intern for multiple skills. After the job completion, the company re-evaluates the skills.
Result: The company may have found one of the future industry leaders. The intern learnt new skills in a growth-oriented environment. The intern is willing to stay with the company and become a loyal employee.
With the given examples, it is evident that internship satisfaction, both for the company and intern, comes from skill development.
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