Why in­tern­ships re­ally mat­ter

Bayt.com weekly re­port

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

They are likely to be un­paid, they may even force you to use some of your own money on trans­porta­tion and mis­cel­la­neous ex­penses, and they could be over­whelm­ing es­pe­cially while be­ing a full-time stu­dent. Here comes the word: In­tern­ships!

For some peo­ple, an in­tern­ship is a very strange and for­eign con­cept and they don’t quite com­pre­hend it. Oth­ers brush it off as this op­tional and un­nec­es­sary bur­den that yields no im­me­di­ate mon­e­tary re­ward. So is that it? Are in­tern­ships sim­ply a way for com­pa­nies to le­git­imize free la­bor and ruin stu­dents’ sum­mer va­ca­tions?

Every year, many young job seek­ers rig­or­ously com­pete for in­tern­ships be­fore even grad­u­at­ing. Bayt.com, the Mid­dle East’s #1 Job Site, wanted to shed light on this topic and re­veal some of the ben­e­fits of in­tern­ships by ask­ing more than 9,000 pro­fes­sion­als in a poll ti­tled “In­tern­ships in the Mid­dle East and North Africa”. Here is what we found out:

In­terns are of huge value to the com­pany

In­terns aren’t just a punch­ing bag for te­dious and cum­ber­some projects that no­body else wants to take on. The ma­jor­ity (88.2%) of pro­fes­sion­als polled by Bayt.com be­lieve that in­terns are “very use­ful” to their busi­nesses. 9.2% of re­spon­dents be­lieve that in­terns are “some­what use­ful” and only 2.6% said that in­terns are “not use­ful”.

Those sur­veyed said there were sev­eral ben­e­fits for hav­ing an in­tern. More than seven out of ten (73.6 per­cent) said that in­tern­ships al­low them to iden­tify tal­ent for fu­ture po­si­tions. Other ben­e­fits that were dis­cussed in­clude the abil­ity to “quickly fill tem­po­rary and sea­sonal po­si­tions” and “pro­vid­ing ex­tra help for small teams or de­part­ments.”

More than four out of five (86.9 per­cent) re­spon­dents claimed that their com­pa­nies “al­ways have in­terns”, this was fol­lowed by a small num­ber (5.4 per­cent) who said they do have in­terns but “not al­ways”, 3.3 per­cent said they don’t have in­terns but are “plan­ning to start”, and only 4.4 per­cent said they are “not in­ter­ested” in hav­ing in­terns.

In­terns are of in­cred­i­ble value to every com­pany that has them. In­deed, they pro­vide quick and easy help when much needed, but they also bring in unique and fresh skills and per­spec­tives and are of­ten a source for com­pa­nies’ fu­ture tal­ent need.

In­terns can ben­e­fit just as much

More than seven out of ten pro­fes­sion­als (71.5 per­cent) said that, while at univer­sity, it was re­quired for them to com­plete an in­tern­ship or any type of prac­ti­cal train­ing. Some may be think­ing, where is the joy in a manda­tory ac­tiv­ity?

Well, pro­fes­sion­als in the Mid­dle East seem to truly un­der­stand the value of in­tern­ships. 56.2 per­cent of them said in­tern­ships help 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.”

Are all in­tern­ships cre­ated equal?

Just like choos­ing a job, choos­ing an in­tern­ship de­pends on what mat­ters to you, as a job seeker, the most. When it comes to what makes an in­tern­ship more at­trac­tive, nearly two thirds of pro­fes­sion­als (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.”

You may be sur­prised to hear this but 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.

Where do you find an in­tern­ship?

More than eight in ten re­spon­dents (84.7 per­cent) said that they are able to find many in­tern­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties us­ing on­line job sites. So lead­ing on­line job sites, such as Bayt.com, is the an­swer!

To­day, and on any given day, over 10,000 jobs are avail­able on Bayt.com, nearly 5,000 of which are suit­able for young job seek­ers and fresh grad­u­ates. Bayt.com is also launch­ing a new job sec­tion that is fully ded­i­cated for stu­dents and fresh grad­u­ates to help them get an early start on their ca­reer plan­ning and job hunt­ing.

If you are look­ing to se­cure your first ca­reer role, then you should take ad­van­tage of the many in­tern­ships, en­try level jobs, as well as the job search tools and in­for­ma­tion avail­able on­line. In­tern­ships are a great as­set to start and grow in your ca­reer and should be a pri­or­ity when it comes to gain­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and stand­ing out in the com­pet­i­tive job mar­ket.

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