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Taking internships in the 30s might be the next recruitment trend

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Mid-career internship or minternship — established professionals return to entry-level job in another field — is getting more popular among the workforce, according to Glassdoor.

Millennials do not limit themselves into one single career field for life, which also explains another phenomenon, ‘slashies’. Many of them are not afraid to take the plunge to start over and apply for a job that might be far from the career he or she has been building for most of their working life.

“Many young professionals prioritise happiness and want to have a strong sense of purpose with their jobs,” says Sue Bhatia, founder of Rose International.

“They want to feel deeply connected to the work they are doing, so they are willing to take pay cuts to pursue an internship that leads them towards their dream job.”

Even though a minternship appears to be a salary trade-off in the short term, it offers the employee a lower commitment and a way to get himself or herself into the industry. With rich previous experience, and the knowledge of what it takes to work hard to see results, he or she can provide a certain level of maturity typical 20-year-old interns may not have.

If a company welcomes anyone to apply for internship programmes other than fresh graduates, it should promote the message on company career page or at job fairs, and make sure hiring managers and recruiters are aware of it.

Photo/ The Internship (2013)

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