I recently reflected on my post Good Career Without the Debt, after a client and asked if I thought they had white collar internships. I assured him they did, and I thought back on a the article Earn and learn: Apprenticeships aren’t just for skilled trades anymore . Anon, a global insurance and risk management giant that pays the apprentices $38,500 a year plus their tuition, and gives benefits. I know several young clients whose lives would be changed by this prosperity and whose confidence would be boosted. The criteria for entry is doable, as all Anon requires is that each candidate must have a high school diploma or GED, passing grades, and no corporate experience. To echo Gainer: “They’re killing it. They’re adding an energy to their groups and teams that people find very inspiring, and they’re also fully up to the task.”
Anon chose roles for the apprentices that had posed chronic retention problems, likely because the company was hiring college graduates who were overqualified and expected to move. I also thought of the article Only Millennials Need Apply, which reminded me of my post Generational Gap. I enjoy the concept that we will continue to age and this is a great way to build professional relationships. Yes, these executives could just ask their children for tech tips. However, workplace programs allow executives to peer into the future of their industry and bond with a junior colleague simultaneously, with minimal embarrassment.
The experience can be beneficial to both parties, as the millennials help older professionals understand jargon and learn how to close the generation gap. To quote Watson, “It’s like reconnecting with your lost youth”. I am grateful to be a clinical social worker who works primarily with young adults. They keep me young and in the know. I feel that many of these executives may feel the same, as they are learning what the younger generation wants (more flexible work-from-home arrangements and help spotting trends in the financial, fashion, and tech industries). The older professionals can guide and help the younger generation navigate the fields and steer them toward what courses to take and where to start looking for employment. I also believe this is a great way to delve into stereotypes of younger and older workers. You learn about yourself and how you differ from them (or are the same) through one on one conversations. I truly believe communication helps dispels some of the preconceptions. What are your thoughts on these programs? Do you know of any such programs? Is this something you would have applied for? What is your dream job?