Job Seek­ers’ views on in­tern­ships

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

More than seven out of ten (71.5 per­cent) re­spon­dents said that, while at univer­sity, it was re­quired for them to com­plete an in­tern­ship or any type of prac­ti­cal train­ing. At the same time, re­spon­dents un­der­stand the value of in­tern­ships for the in­tern. 56.2 per­cent of re­spon­dents said it helps them “gain hands-on work ex­pe­ri­ence”, 4.6 per­cent said it helps them “de­velop new skills and knowl­edge”, 4.2 per­cent said it helps them “ex­plore their field of in­ter­est and ca­reer po­ten­tial”, “1.4 per­cent said it helps them “network and build pro­fes­sional con­nec­tions”, and more than a third (33.6 per­cent) said it pro­vides all of th­ese ben­e­fits.

On top of that, more than three quar­ters of re­spon­dents (76.2 per­cent) agree that in­tern­ships “in­crease the job can­di­date’s chances of get­ting hired.” When it comes to what makes an in­tern­ship more at­trac­tive, nearly two thirds of re­spon­dents (65.2 per­cent) said that the “type of com­pany / field of work” was the main fac­tor, 29.4 per­cent said that it de­pends on the “type of projects and job re­spon­si­bil­i­ties”, and 2.6 per­cent said that it de­pends on the “abil­ity to ob­tain univer­sity credit.”

Only, 2.8 per­cent said that com­pen­sa­tion was the most at­trac­tive fac­tor for an in­tern­ship. In fact, 79.3 per­cent of those sur­veyed said that they are will­ing to com­plete an un­paid in­tern­ship, com­pared to only 20.7 per­cent who dis­agreed.

“Young tal­ent and fresh grad­u­ates look­ing to se­cure their first role should take ad­van­tage of the many in­tern­ships, en­try level jobs, as well as the job search tools and in­for­ma­tion avail­able on,” said Suhail Masri, Vice Pres­i­dent of Em­ployer So­lu­tions, “In­tern­ships are a great as­set for those try­ing to start and grow in their ca­reer and should be a pri­or­ity when it comes to gain­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and stand­ing out in the com­pet­i­tive job mar­ket. To­day, and on any given day, over 10,000 jobs are avail­able on our job site, nearly 5,000 of which are suit­able for young job seek­ers and fresh grad­u­ates. We are also launch­ing a new job sec­tion of that is fully ded­i­cated for stu­dents and fresh grad­u­ates to help them get an early start on their ca­reer plan­ning and job hunting.”

Data for the 2017 ‘In­tern­ships in the Mid­dle East and North Africa’ poll was col­lected on­line from May 24th, 2017 to July 30th, 2017. Re­sults are based on a sam­ple of 9,250 re­spon­dents. Coun­tries that par­tic­i­pated are the UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon, Jor­dan, Egypt, Morocco, Al­ge­ria, Tu­nisia, Libya, Ye­men, Iraq and oth­ers.

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