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To run an intern scheme or not?
With the current economic uncertainty it is difficult to justify adding extra staff
to your workplace, particularly when you are just starting out, but one way of adding
fresh blood to the office without shelling out money on recruitment and huge wages
is to take on interns.
Now is a particularly good time to think about taking on interns as tuition fees
are increasing and more and more students want to avoid student loans and debts
by getting straight into the working environment.
But what can they offer.
Add new thinking to your firm
Younger people often are unafraid of putting new ideas out there and while some
may not be suitable or viable, they often come up with a new way of looking at a
problem and can offer an alternative that you may never have come up with. A lack
of experience may be an issue in some areas, but it can also mean interns are not
held back by bad experience in the past.
A hunger to learn
Of course the majority of interns have little experience in the world of work, but
generally they are more than willing to learn as they know anything they pick up
during their time at your firm will help them in their future career.
An effective low-cost recruitment strategy
As well as all of the benefits interns can provide to your new organisation, there,
of course, is one that is the most appealing, the cost savings. As internships are
often unpaid, the cost of covering travel expenses means that they are cost-effective
And the biggest bonus of all is that you can always recruit them at the end of internship
and as they know the business and will probably have enjoyed their time, they will
jump at the chance.