Friday 16th November: Every one of the students who interns with us is a vital member of our team from the start. At Mallzee.com we’re a young team ourselves and we know how difficult it is finding a career once you finish at university. That’s why we’ve made a conscious decision to ensure that we can best prepare the guys who intern with us for finding work once they graduate, either with us or elsewhere.
We don’t ask them to make the tea (it’s normally me that ends up doing that), we don’t ask them to fold letters into envelopes and we certainly don’t treat them like anything but full team members.
The aim of this is to allow them to experience a real work environment and learn at the same time. With both Mhairi and Laura, the first question we asked them when they joined was ‘What do you want to get out of this?’
The answer to this allows us to give them real world experience of the areas where they think they want to work in the future. So Mhairi has got to work on marketing and promotion of a young fashion focused company, while Laura has been able to work on the business itself, taking part in meetings and starting to form her own relationships within the industry.
It’s important for us that the interns get to work on areas that they care about for several reasons. Firstly it means they’ll do a better job, as they really care about that specific subject, and more importantly when the time comes for them to leave us they’ll have the skills to go on and be a success (or we’ll force them to stay and have a team member who knows everything about our business from day one).
Interning for a big company in an industry that you love can be great for future career prospects, but interning for a company that’s just starting out offers up something entirely different. You get hands-on experience, real responsibilities and you can see your work making a real difference. That’s why, before you apply for that internship at the big corporate, think ‘is there a small company with big ambitions on my doorstep that I could help?’
P.S. There are lots of them! www.entrepreneurial-spark.com/the-hatcheries