Ben­e­fit from in­tern­ships and ex­pe­ri­ences

> A chat with the founders of WeCruited, a plat­form con­nect­ing stu­dents to in­tern­ships

The Sun (Malaysia) - - CAREERS -

I Tall started with a con­ver­sa­tion be­tween two stu­dents from INTI In­ter­na­tional Col­lege Subang at a class pizza party, which led to the cre­ation of WeCruited, a plat­form con­nect­ing 150 fel­low stu­dents to part-time in­tern­ship stints.

The two Southern New Hamp­shire Uni­ver­sity (SNHU) de­gree pro­gramme stu­dents who came up with the idea are Diana Woon Jia Hui and Ad­rina Adam.

These two young lasses took their im­promptu idea and de­cided to put their minds to­gether in the hope of chang­ing the fu­ture of em­ploy­ment.

WeCruited is in essence the brain­child of Diana. The idea spawned from a busi­ness pitch chal­lenge she took part in, aimed at pro­vid­ing stu­dents with part-time event-re­lated job ex­pe­ri­ences.

The girls in­form that the idea then de­vel­oped into se­cur­ing part-time in­tern­ships, full-time in­tern­ships and men­tor­ship pro­grammes on­line, at var­i­ous com­pa­nies, af­ter which de­mand grew and there was want from both side, em­ploy­ers and stu­dents.

“As col­lege stu­dents our­selves, we saw an op­por­tu­nity to help our fel­low col­lege stu­dents gain in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ences through part-time work in rel­e­vant fields while study­ing,” said Ad­rina, who is com­plet­ing her fi­nal se­mes­ter read­ing a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Busi­ness Stud­ies pro­gramme.

“Be­yond the perks of earn­ing some in­come on the side, stu­dents are able to un­der­stand in­dus­try needs bet­ter and learn a va­ri­ety of work styles and cul­tures even be­fore grad­u­at­ing,” Ad­rina added.

The idea was founded on a vi­sion, “to nor­malise the idea of part-time in­tern­ships, and we hope to kick-start a cul­ture of work­ing col­lege stu­dents who are well equipped by the time they en­ter the work­place as full-time em­ploy­ees,” shared a very pas­sion­ate Ad­rina. The dy­namic duo are al­ready col­lab­o­rat­ing with over 50 em­ploy­ers, in­clud­ing small and medium-sized en­ter­prises (SMEs), even start-up com­pa­nies and con­nect­ing these firms with more than 150 stu­dents who are keen to take on var­i­ous part-time em­ploy­ment at these com­pa­nies. These part-time stints usu­ally in­volve a 15- to 20-hour work­ing ar­range­ment per week. En­gage­ments are cus­tomised ac­cord­ing to the em­ployer’s needs and usu­ally run across a three-month pe­riod. Over a span of seven months, these young en­trepreneurs have helped se­cure 15 in­tern­ship po­si­tions (both part-time and full­time) and are hir­ing for com­pa­nies such as Sup­plyBunny and Off­peak. They have also man­aged to bring on board men­tors from prom­i­nent com­pa­nies such as WeWork and Airbnb to as­sist and guide their fel­low stu­dents in ar­eas like pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment, net­work­ing and soft skills im­prove­ment. “We are ex­cited for the fu­ture of WeCruited and we hope to ex­pand our busi­ness in con­nect­ing em­ploy­ers and grad­u­ates for full-time op­por­tu­ni­ties,” said Diana. Cur­rently, the two girls are fo­cus­ing on con­nect­ing stu­dents from a va­ri­ety of other uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges to em­ploy­ers for part-time in­tern­ships, as a start. “These op­por­tu­ni­ties al­low stu­dents to dis­cover their pas­sion ear­lier, re­gard­less

Diana (left) and Ad­rina help their fel­low col­lege stu­dents to gain in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ences.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.