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Tough Calls: Should You Hire Your Intern?

By | Career Advice, Hiring, Internship, Managers

As summer comes to an end, so do many internships. As a manager, you may be asking yourself, “should I hire my intern full-time?

While there are many business factors to consider, such as budget and capacity, you should also be seriously considering whether any of your summer interns has potential to become an official, valuable part of your team.

Here are some things to consider when evaluating whether you should hire your intern:

Has your intern adapted to workplace culture and norms?

According to a recent survey, 68% of millennials have held or expect to hold between one to four jobs or internships prior to graduating college.

One great way to gauge interns’ readiness to transition to full-time members of the team is to sit down with them, prior to offering the position, and ask them what they learned from their time interning with you as well as what they can bring to the table with more responsibility.

This means that by the time candidates enter your organization, they will have some experience and understanding of the skills and norms that are expected in a professional working environment. These skills could include charisma and presentation abilities, ambition, confidence and strong communication. These skills are essential to becoming a productive team member in any organization.

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It takes time for an intern to smoothly integrate into a new environment. It is important to give your interns time to learn. However, it is also important for an intern to respond well to feedback. How well interns respond to criticism can be an indicator of how well they will adapt to a full-time position.

Is your intern career-oriented?

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Internships give an intern a glimpse into the essential skills needed to grow within a company. If you are considering hiring your intern full-time you should ask yourself these questions:

  • Has the intern demonstrated proficiency in the essential skills this position requires?
  • Has the candidate expressed interest in taking on additional responsibilities?
  • Does the candidate treat the internship as a career opportunity?
  • Is the intern eager to be part of more projects?
  • Has he or she completed tasks given in a timely manner?

If the answer to all the above is “yes,” you may have just found a great new employee!

Internships: the wisest business investment

The above survey highlights that millennials realize having prior work experience is crucial to landing a job.

Reflect on the interns that may be leaving your business soon to return to school or other positions. Realize the important role you have played in providing the future of our workforce with opportunities to learn, grow and become productive workers.

Remember, the investments you make in your interns today will be returned to you if you decide to hire them. As we say at WUZZUF, you are building tomorrow’s workforce, today!

Finally, before making the final decision to hire your interns full-time, consider their performance throughout their time with you and the overall value they will provide in the long run.

To look for your next outstanding intern, post your internship opportunity on WUZZUF here

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How to make the best out of your internship?

By | Career Advice, Featured, Internship

“You need some experience to get experience”. This might seem like the biggest struggle facing young professionals looking to join the workforce nowadays. Employers tend to rely on resumes that illustrate a relevant work experience, and this could be obtained through an internship, volunteer work or an actual full-time job experience. That’s why, during your college years, working as an intern would, by far, be your most advantageous plan.

The two variables of every internship

When undergoing an internship, as a fresh grad, you will be given several assignments to work on. In some cases, you will be assigned a mentor. Your mentor is your guide during; he/she is the person who reviews the progress you’re making and, in the best case, is keen on sharing insights and updates about the industry and the organization’s plan to stay competitive in the market.

Your assigned projects and your assigned mentor are the two variables of any internship experience. Use the tasks assigned to you to gain knowledge about the field and to learn more about yourself, your passion, and accordingly, plan your career. Also, always take the time to arrange quick review meetings with your mentor so you can get constant feedback about your performance and what’s expected of you.

If you were not assigned a mentor from the beginning, you can always ask about that on your first day or even choose your own; choose colleagues you look up to and try to have quick talks with them over lunch for instance. The diverse information and points of view you will get from these conversations would most likely be very enriching.

Set clear goals for your internship

In any job, it’s essential to identify what is expected of you and what your learning objectives are. Your internship is no different. When you set goals with your employer, you ensure that the time you’re spending in the company will be dedicated to enriching your knowledge and enhancing your skills and performance. Having a clear, solid agenda helps you progress in a structured manner.

Here are some examples of questions you should ask yourself before starting your internship:

  • What are the specific skills I want to work on improving?
  • What are the areas or projects that my employer needs my support at?
  • How will I seek guidance whenever needed?
  • How often will I get feedback regarding my performance from my employer?

Punctuality

In my early career as a talent management specialist, I had the opportunity to interview and work with many interns. If I am asked to identify one critical factor in any intern’s success, I would say relentless punctuality. It all starts with your first interview at the company, show up on time and show your commitment towards the opportunity.

After you start your internship, make sure you keep a calendar of all the scheduled meetings you have so you avoid arriving late to any of them. Also, make sure you complete your tasks by their assigned deadlines. Summer internships are for a short, defined period of time, so make sure you are 100% committed. In this new environment, you are both a guest and a colleague; take this opportunity to show your passion for the job and to also show respect towards your team by always being on time.

Complete all tasks with excellence

In most cases, you will be given different types of assignments and tasks. Whether you consider a certain task boring or exciting, always pursue it with passion and a determination to succeed. If you were asked to make a Powerpoint presentation, invest time and effort to research and get inspired before you start working and make sure you learn how it’s done correctly. This is your opportunity to explore more about yourself and what excites you at work, never decline a task because it seems uninteresting to you or it doesn’t fit your idea of work. Be open to taking every opportunity no matter how small and learning from it; these opportunities are the base on which everything else in your internship will rest.

Take on more work

Use your free time to initiate taking on more work without being asked. In a work setting, checking your social media profiles while waiting for someone to give you a task is not really the best way to get an invite back. Instead, when you see something you can do, simply do it; try taking charge of delayed or undefined projects and completing them. You will most probably need guidance on some projects, but it’s always a win-win situation. When doing what no one is willing to do and no one is expecting you to do, you will get to diversify your knowledge and not only will you be appreciated by your team members, but, most importantly, you will also be remembered.

Ask questions, good ones

The most common indicator of an eager, performance-driven individual is the quality of his/her questions. Your internship is your gateway to any information you wish to gather about a particular, field, industry, and even the processes of work in a company. Be intellectually curious. Before starting any meeting with your peers, and after you’ve done your preparation, write down some thoughtful questions that would help you better understand the nature of your tasks and projects. If you are meeting with your supervisors, try to think less about your answers to their questions and more on what you’re missing. An internship isn’t only the company opportunity to evaluate your performance, but also it’s your way to know how well you fit in a certain role. Make sure you finish your internship with all your questions answered.

Own up to your mistakes

Making mistakes is a part of your learning curve; don’t panic and learn to take ownership whenever things don’t go as planned. When you accept the responsibility of whatever went wrong, you will automatically find yourself coming up with corrective actions that would result in faster resolution and enable others to see your leadership potential.

Here is an example of a possible scenario:

  • You missed the deadline for an important task

Solution:

  • First, you should communicate this to your supervisor, providing reasons without making excuses. Example: “I underestimated how much time this would take me, and I take responsibility for that.”
  • Next, provide solutions to how you will fix this issue. Example: “I reprioritized my tasks and will be able to deliver this by the end of today.”
  • Finally, take the necessary actions to resolve this and make sure you reflect on your learned lessons to avoid similar situations in the future.

Collaborate with others

This skill is crucial in any profession; “Collaborating” means listening actively, defining needs and communicating effectively with peers. Whether you are working on your own or within a team, learn to always specify the project requirements before starting the actual work. Will you need input or assistance from anyone else? The sooner you define this and align with your team members, the easier it will be for them to collaborate accordingly, and the smoother your work on the project will be. Similarly, when holding any meeting make sure you share a clear agenda, so it’s easier for people to follow up. In case you are attending a meeting with no agenda, contact the organizer before it and ask if there’s any preparation required from your side before attending. Effective communication and alignment will serve you throughout your career so make sure you start developing this skill during your internship.

Make Connections

Internships usually last for a couple of months, and not all of them will result in a job offer right away. If you are interested in the company and your job role, you need to make sure you leave a memorable impression so that whenever an opportunity does open up, you would be the first candidate they think of. It’s always easier to just focus on your work and build relationships with the other interns, but on the other hand, forming broad relationships with your whole team and across the organization can help you manage your responsibilities while also improving your personal development.

Best of luck in your internship and beyond. When the experience is over, don’t forget to update your WUZZUF profile with your latest achievements.

Why you SHOULD: apply for an internship this summer

By | Career Advice, Featured, Find a Job, Internship, Job Search

It is quite intimidating to conquer the business world when you barely have any experience. But there is no better way to overcome this fear than facing it. If you still think that you are not ready to start a full-time job yet, summer is full of internship opportunities. So pick yourself one, because an internship is totally worth your time.

Not convinced yet? Keep reading, and we will give five reasons why an internship is an experience you will never regret.

Be an experienced fresh graduate

As you hit your twenties, you realize that you have no time to waste and every single day counts. Don’t start from scratch after graduation. With an internship, you can be steps ahead in your career before your graduation. If you think you have lower chances of getting a full-time job as a fresh grad or undergrad student, then an internship is the option that fits you perfectly. Bear in mind that more than 70% of applicants on our WUZZUF Internship Program passed the screening phase and got interviews for the internship vacancies they applied for.

Grow in a real work environment

Although I haven’t been an intern, it was intimidating to face the real work environment with no prior experience. If you feel the same way, the only thing that can cut the fearful train of thoughts is to face that fear and be in a real workplace. Learning from a real-life experience while being an intern helps you deal with everyday challenges. Also, it is a plus to be an intern when you first get in touch with the real world. Everyone knows you are here to learn so they won’t expect too much of you, and it is your job to impress them, not the other way around. Along with the technical experience you gain, you start to develop your soft skills. Your internship experience will help to be more aware of your potential and to identify your weakness and strengths so you can improve yourself later.

Remember most of the interview questions are about your leadership and communication skills, and problem-solving abilities. These skills we don’t learn at school, but they matter for your professional success.

Increase your chances to a full-time job

Salsabeel Amr- Marketing Intelligence Specialist at WUZZUF

“My internship experience helped me put my passions to the test” -Salsabeel Amr

An internship is not only a chance to learn, but you also have a great chance to get a job out of it.  In fact, over 45% of the interns of WUZZUF Internship Program, were offered a full-time job by the end of their internships. The internship-providing institution trained you in the first place because they are basically looking for passionate, creative wizards. Even if this institution didn’t offer you a job, you are not the green student anymore.

Salsabeel Amr, who started her internship at WUZZUF in 2016, is now a full-time Marketing Intelligence Specialist. Speaking about her internship experience,”at first, my motivation was to invest in time and learn something new.” She adds,”I never imagined that I would gain all these experiences in such a short time. I never wanted my internship to end, and I was lucky I continued in a full-time position”. At a startup, like WUZZUF, Salsabeel got the chance to learn new things and grow in her career. “In a student activity, you may develop your soft skills, but in a workplace, you learn to do things professionally.”

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Make proven career decisions

You would never know what you want to do in your professional life unless you try yourself. Yet, you don’t want to waste years after graduation to find your passion, while you can start now. Even if you don’t know where to start now, you can search by the field or industry, i.e., media, engineering, software development or others, and check the available vacancies. During your internship, you will identify the areas of interest and job roles you are passionate about.

One real-life example is Salsabeel Amr’s story. Salsabeel originally planned to do postgraduate studies. However, after she started her internship at WUZZUF, she discovered her passion for different marketing roles and decided to move forward in her marketing career and do her postgraduate studies based on her professional choices.

Internship makes you a better learner

If you think that you may not be able to balance between your academic and work commitments, worry no more. Actually, an internship will help you to learn in action and achieve better in your academic assignments, especially field assignments. For instance, if you started an internship in the public relations and advertising industry, you would learn what it takes to launch a successful campaign and how to handle last-minute pre-event problems, that your university projects will be a piece of cake!  

If you are thrilled to start an internship, WUZZUF is where you can find best opportunities. Don’t let the summer pass before you seize the right opportunity.