Guest Blog: Enternships
Starting your career can be difficult. Enternships founder Rajeeb Dey encourages this year’s graduates to be more ‘entrepreneurial’ in their job search.
The sun’s out, finally, but summer may not be so bright for this year’s graduates. The Olympic year will be the worst year for graduate employment in decades. There are already record numbers of graduates with no work, but things haven’t got any better: we’re just adding thousands more in to the mix.
Not only are there more and more graduates, there’s also less and less money to hire and train them. The vicious cliché is even more apparent: You can’t get a job because you haven’t got experience, but you haven’t got experience because you can’t get a job.
There are about 5 million businesses in the UK, more than 99.9% of which are small and medium enterprises (SMEs). But it’s precisely the smaller businesses that can’t afford to advertise on campus, to have large HR departments or to employ recruitment agencies. But that’s changing.
Putting together top graduate talent with fast-growing start-ups and innovative businesses, working with Enternships is an easy and inexpensive way for a small company to grow, to refresh skills and to keep up to date with an ever-changing market. For graduates, Enternships provides the chance to work for exciting companies, in roles that are so much more than pushing paper, with the chance to impress and secure a permanent position; on top of the valuable experience gained and skills learned.
Enternships works closely with universities and right now is working with NACUE on the Startup Careers Milkround, giving university enterprise societies the chance to publicise local SMEs on campus – precisely where they’ve traditionally not had any exposure. As so few graduates even consider working for anything other than a big name corporate, this kind of exposure is important not only to get more graduates into jobs, but also to enrich our SMEs with fresh talent and passion – as well as educating a new generation of entrepreneurs, who will in turn understand the benefit of employing graduates.
Traditional routes in to employment are diminishing. Graduates are now required to be more ‘entrepreneurial’ in their job search, innovating and experimenting; finding new ways to impress potential employers and sometimes even creating their own jobs, whether in someone else’s company or their own.
This summer, Enternships is doing Good by helping the thousands of unemployed graduates find new ways to get work; by opening up the millions of small businesses across the UK to a wealth of graduate talent; and by promoting and providing opportunities for the aspiring entrepreneurs of tomorrow to learn from the inspiring entrepreneurs of today.
Inspiring stuff! If you’re a graduate on the hunt, or you know someone who’s about to finish their studies, Enternships could offer up the opportunity of a lifetime. Make sure you check it out and have a Good start in your new career!