Mid-career internships: a springboard for change & progress
As a professional recruiter, I am often reminded that the people we meet and place have personal goals and needs as unique as the roles we place them in. Companies who want to retain the top tier talent they spent so much time, resources, and money to hire understand the value in serving their employees’ needs as well. I saw this sentiment reflected in a recent HBR article discussing mid-career internships for people returning to work after a significant break. Not only are mid-career internships great for those who have been out of the workforce for some time, but also for individuals who are looking for a way to make a career change in general.
There are a plethora of reasons as to why someone might consider a career or industry change, especially given how our environments around us change constantly and some of the jobs that were prevalent or sought-after years ago are now being phased out. Tech and entrepreneurial careers are on the rise. Internships provide a way for us to evolve, and a safe space to learn and practice applicable skills. Likewise, there are many reasons that people take breaks during their career. As Carol Fishman Cohen points out, there’s a strong message of value and compassion when an employer states “we have a formal path back for you. You are not alone in the transition.” Here’s the full story on HBR.org.