July 25, 2021
Training and Development 02 December 2016
Mentors Vs. Internships, How to Empower Candidates for Success
Gisel Malek
mentor, candidates, employers, job search

We surveyed nearly 200 students and asked them what they think companies value the most. We have included an infographic of our findings below. Nearly 40 percent agreed that experience is the most important thing that companies are looking for. 

So now the question is, how do candidates get enough experience to get hired? Until now, internships and volunteer work were the only options for students trying to gain real-life work experience. We're here today to talk about a new and improved method: Mentorships!

The Power of Internships

For many who are just entering the workforce, their resumes are not overflowing with years of experience. This is where internships come in! Candidates with internship experience are more likely to land a job post-graduation than those without any real-world experience. 

The negative side to this is not only are internships highly competitive but more often than not, they don't always provide the knowledge that young professionals seek in order to become well versed in their desired roles. 

Mentorships are taking over!

You might be wondering, what exactly is a mentorship? 

The screening process of a candidate is reinvented through mentorships as they provide an opportunity for hiring managers to get involved with the evaluation process of a candidate through projects and challenges. Mentorships are achieved by spending more time getting involved in the initial stages. 

Mentors work together with candidates to accomplish certain tasks for the benefit of their company. As they work together, Mentors provide feedback and guidance to the candidates as well as evaluate for certain skill sets and cultural fit to report to the hiring manager.

Think of how much better the hiring experience will be for everyone when applicants and hiring managers can work together in real time to determine mutual fit! When candidates come on board, you'll be able to know exactly where they fit on your Company's Pathways. Mentorship can be provided at any stage of their career path, all the way through hiring and as they are promoted through the ranks. 

Experience is not always created equal

Most people generally agree that more experience is better. However, experience doesn't always indicate whether or not an individual is going to be able to get along with the team, or if the individual has the right personality to succeed in your industry. Even internship experience doesn’t always give you the opportunity to really be involved with the progress of a candidate if there isn't a good plan or Company Pathway set in place to monitor their performance or development. 

The best way to gain and measure experience is through mentorships. Being a mentor for candidates that have learned the skills that you want them to have can give you an inside look into their behavioral skills and truly give you a glimpse of what they can do for you. Having access to those who have learned from industry professionals will help decrease your overall turnover rate and give you a better recruiting pool to work with in general.

Learn more about how you can be a mentor with ProSky!