In an economy where resources are stretched more than ever, businesses struggle to find capable talent. With wage costs increasing, many businesses owners find themselves with far more work than available time. Many would like to engage an intern to help, but simply can’t afford to pay them – but do they need to?
Heralded as the ‘world’s best kept secret’ for business owners, it is not only possible to have an unpaid intern, but very advantageous to do so. So if you’re under-resourced and time poor (read: everyone!) here’s why you should consider engaging an international student intern, and how you can obtain one:
Why should I consider an international student intern?
A qualified (and possibly experienced) extra set of hands
Every business appreciates an extra set of hands for the projects that they just don’t have time to do themselves. With interns qualified in areas such as accounting and ICT, there is a vast array of valuable and important projects you can receive assistance with.
What’s more, many international student interns also have work experience, that they obtained previously in their home country. This means that only minimal training may be required, and you may be able to receive assistance on more senior projects.
Motivation and positivity in droves
No matter how great your business is, it can always benefit from more positive and motivated employees! International students who are at the beginning of their careers in Australia are known for their positivity, motivation and great work ethic, and as such can be a great asset to your team.
Value in diversity
Cultural diversity is so important for any business – organisations that are culturally diverse are more profitable, as well as more innovative, and all employees of culturally diverse organisations are more engaged, and happier at work. International students can also bring particular diversity benefits including the ability to talk to your customers or clients in different languages, and an in-depth understanding of overseas markets and business cultures.
It’s free (legally)
As all business owners would know, it is very difficult to (legally) hire an unpaid intern.
However, when you engage an international student intern, they complete their intern placement (usually 12 week, full-time or part-time) as part of a course called Professional Year, So, it is perfectly legal to engage them in this manner, and one of the only legal ways to do so (vocational placement according to the Fair Work Act).
How can I obtain one?
Outcome.Life is proud to be able to provide businesses with talented and motivated international student interns. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org , reach out via LinkedIn, or give me a call on 0410 662 393 to find out more.
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