Friday, March 30, 2012

Conscript Blog

The Need of Summer Internships for Freshers

An academic course is never complete without industrial exposure, and that is perhaps why most professional courses have a mandatory internship in the middle or the end of the program. These internships help the fledgling student to understand how the industry functions and what it takes to be an independent employee, consultant or a professional in the chosen field. When it comes to management courses, these internships and on the job training become all the more important, because of the nature of the work that is involved. There are certain theories that go behind internships and on the job training.

Why Are Summer Internships Valued?

First of all, institutions have begun to understand that a student's employability increases depending on the nature of internship that he or she takes up. Secondly, if the course does not allow it, freshers usually can find internships in most of the big corporations today. In fact, summer internships are offered by most companies in order to help budding professionals to get a taste of what it is like to work in a corporate environment. Interns sometimes continue to get hired by the companies that they work for, and that can add up to valuable career advances.

Let us take a look at some of the most important reasons why summer internships must be undertaken by students, freshers and budding professionals.

·         Knowledge: Apart from what is learned in the classroom, a student or a fresher has a lot to learn in the actual industrial environment. Internships provide practical exposure to students. Moreover, what is learned in the classroom can be applied during an internship. Thus, students learn to apply knowledge that is learned.

·         Insight: Freshers gain a lot of insight when they work as interns. They provide freshers with real-world experience when they are still beginning their careers. It looks really impressive in portfolios and resumes to mention the insight they gained during summer internships.

·         Career Choices: Summer internships also help freshers to decide if a chosen subject or career path is right for them. If they do not like the kind of work they do during the internship, they can choose to do something of their own calling.

·         Employment: interns also get recruited by the company, if their performance is impressive during their training. Summer internships can lead to full time jobs in the same company.

·         Network Building: In today's world, there is nothing more important than networking and building social and professional contacts. When a person engages in summer internships, he can build valuable contacts in the desired profession.

·         References: Internships can serve to provide references to future employers. When interns apply for jobs elsewhere, supervisors at the place of internship can provide useful references about the person's abilities.

·         Valuable Relationships: Internship is the period when a fresher can develop lifelong friendships and relationships that are built on shared experiences, dreams and hopes.

·         Stipend: Though many students desire it, stipends do not matter much. It is the experience gained that counts more than anything else.

Conscript has trained and helped a number of freshers and interns to gain valuable knowledge during their summer internships.


Friday, March 9, 2012

Conscript Salutes Every Recruiter on the Recruiter Day

Recruitment Industry in India is a growing and dynamic area which is yet to be given the importance it deserves. With Industrial Psychology and HR growing as academic subjects, recruiters are now one of the most qualified and sought after individuals. However, this wasn't so always. Recruitment was always done by those who ran the company in a haphazard manner, or it was done by managers who had little knowledge about Psychology and HR practices.

However, in the last couple of decades, recruitment has grown into one of the most lucrative professionals and there are companies that work solely towards helping other companies to recruit staff. Thus, staffing agencies are growing by leaps and bounds, there is no dearth of individuals who can help a company to acquire staff that it so requires.

There wasn't really a day that could be assigned to celebrate the cause of recruitment and there wasn't a particular day where recruiters could be celebrated as individuals with special importance to companies and individuals. A group of senior professionals met a decade ago in 2002, and decided that there ought to be an umbrella organization that oversees the activities and developments of the Indian recruitment industry.

With outsourcing and offshoring both getting increasing importance and demand both within the country and abroad, there really was a need for an organization that could bring together all the recruiters and also create an association that would represent the interests of staffing and selection firms. Executive Recruiters Association is a non-profit organization that was born as a result of those senior recruitment professionals who came together. ERA has more than 8 chapters and hundreds of members all over India. March 9th is celebrated as the Indian Recruiter's Day.

On Indian Recruiters’ Day, professionals’ efforts are recognized, acknowledged and appreciated. On this day, companies recognize the importance that recruiters have, and also discuss the impact of recruiters' decisions, choices and opinions. Their interests, lifestyle choices and related activities are discussed and celebrated. At Conscript, we realize the importance of these professionals and how they need to be respected and admired for their steadfastness.

Recruiting is no longer a grey-haired man's job that involves elimination and that causes much anxiety to prospective employees. It is a glamorous job that helps in bringing the youngest and the most charming to a company. On this day, we acknowledge the efforts of recruiters all over India and the world for helping achievers to become part of various companies and render their services. We also wish future recruiters and staffing professionals success and welcome them to this elite profession, where selection is more important than elimination.

On this day, we encourage other professionals to shed the idea that recruiters are those who eliminate individuals at selection processes. Instead, we request everyone to acknowledge that recruiters and staffing professionals are key players who help in selection and welcoming processes in every company that is registered. We also encourage every individual to congratulate their friends, colleagues and loved ones who may be recruiters themselves.