This week I sat in on an interview with our client The Robertson Trust and three beneficiaries of its Scholarship Trust bursary. I was inspired by the young adults who were just starting their careers. They had drive and determination to succeed and I don’t doubt we will see them at the boardroom tables of major companies in the future.
The Robertson Trust’s scholarship programme has been running since 1992 and since then has been helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds realise their full potential, by providing financial assistance through its bursary scheme.
Equally as important is the on-going support the Trust gives the students. Part of this is helping them find internships. For the three students I met this week, an internship has led to full-time permanent jobs in their chosen profession.
Director of The Robertson Trust, Kenneth Ferguson, talked to me about the need for more companies to take on interns. He explained that it provides a huge opportunity for the individual, but also allows the organisation to train and nurture a new employee from the early stages of their career, creating a loyal, hard-working team member.
Stripe’s graduate recruitment programme, Stars and Stripes, has been running since 2009 and has been hugely successful with more than a third of our current team now made up of graduate trainees. We also have regular paid internships throughout the year and we work closely with universities to engage with the most suitable candidates. We invest heavily in training our graduates because we want them to be the best they can be, but we also want to deliver brilliant work for our clients and that means ensuring our team are committed and fluent in the skills required for the job.
But it’s not just about the skills, a young intern, fresh from University or College can bring infectious energy and buzz to an office. They bring a different perspective to client activity and drawing on their current life experiences can help make or break a campaign.
Technology means that in many ways, Generation Z have it easy, but actually life has never been tougher for young adults and that’s especially true when it comes to finding a job. Employers have a responsibility to develop the next generation for the benefit of both their business and society. What better way to do this than investing in an intern and therefore investing in the future.