With the unexpectedness of the pandemic, a lot of companies are now looking for new ways to integrate new talents into their workforce.
Since interns can be fresh into the industry, hiring someone remotely, without a way to be able to monitor their work at convenient interval, might make some feel uncomfortable with the idea of hiring in fresh faces that might need consistent supervision and guidance.
How small businesses can eliminate remote work concerns, ditch the traditional style of working and benefit from remote micro internships
Micro-projects are specific, contract-based engagements where workers can be employed as interns or on part-time basis, requiring putting in from five to up to forty hours of work, depending on the project’s volume. Usually done remotely, a micro-internship or a micro-project has a deadline and is approached differently than a task assigned to a full-time employee. These assignments can range from industry to industry and are specific to the field of the intern or employee who has been assigned to it.
Just like contract jobs and freelancing, micro-internship is also usually done remotely. While students are able to juggle coursework and internships, remote internships give companies a chance to interact and work with ambitious and driven young talents.
Technological advancements have given us a freedom and infrastructure to manage remote work with the same efficiency as working on-site. Remote internships should also become the norm.
Remote internships and micro projects can offer organizations and small businesses a chance to build their talent pipeline by connecting the new wave of young ambitious talent, recent and soon-to be graduates while giving them the chance to experience a work culture.
Many college students seek opportunities and are highly motivated to showcase their skills. By inviting students to join and work with you virtually and building a fruitful work relationship, it is likely that they might favour to join your company as a full-time employee.
The best part about remote micro-internships is that it helps companies filter out people who are self-motivated, quick learners, are aspirational, and don’t need a lot of oversight and supervision. By offering micro-projects, you can build a pool of ready resources that you can later approach and recruit, confident in the value they will bring to your brand.
Even though an internship and part-time job may share certain characteristics, it is important to remember that they are two very different things. An internship must retain elements of on-job training and supervision by a senior or a subject expert.
The intern must be briefed in the roles and responsibilities expected of them, the professional skills to be put to use, and be given adequate critical feedback that they can later take back when they start their professional career. This is where mentorship comes in.
The right mentor at Qureos can guide the interns in the right direction; giving them an opportunity to be both self-enterprising as well as keep them steered on the right track, providing them with any additional information and resources they might need.
The mentor can ensure that the company requirements are met and that the performance of the intern does not lag, given the corporates the guarantee of a job well done.
If you would like to know more about how to find the right talent for your organization, or how remote micro-projects might be the best bet for you, feel free to contact us, we would love to connect with you.
Qureos launched the "You by Qureos" program dedicated to supporting talent affected by the tech layoffs.