May 24, 2013 2 Comments
OK call me cynical but any company that starts off an internship description outlining that the “group has a turnover of approximately $60bn and employs in excess of 100,000 people globally” yet is looking to hire (at least) four interns for free through a government initiative strikes me as slightly callous.
Furthermore, any company that advertises these internship positions on a website, other than the official JobBridge website, also raises my suspicion. Having previously posted (here and here) about companies using third-party websites to list JobBridge internships and receiving a ridiculous response via email from the JobBridge team at the Department of Social Protection – I’m always concerned about a company’s real intentions when the advert differs between the two listings. Quite simply, the JobBridge website has requirements about what can be included on an internship listing – primarily that the applicant does not require any experience to apply.
I think it’s important to note at this stage that Dell currently lists 87 positions in Ireland on its Careers webpage, of which five are listed as JobBridge internships. For an internship scheme targeting internships for which the applicant requires zero experience, Dell surely expects a lot from its prospective free ’employees’ – conveniently not as a requirement of the internship but I think the phrase “Expertise in some of the following areas would be particularly helpful” really sets out who they’re really looking for (and if the position would really be offered to a graduate for example).
Four out of the five internship listings contain this phrase.
Command Center Sr. Associate – Limerick (same internship description as listed above but different ‘Job Requisiton Number’ suggesting two internships available)
I’m really just going to throw it out there and let you compare two adverts – and see for yourself if Dell is, in fact, looking for an inexperienced graduate/dole-head to give a lift up in their career prospects…or is actually looking for someone experienced enough to slot into the role and ‘hit the ground running’.
JobBridge internship #1: Warranty Cost Reduction Engineer
Listing from IrishJobs.ie (cross-posted from Dell’s own Careers page) v Listing from JobBridge website
Quick witted readers will notice the glaring differences between the two postings – the “official” advert on the JobBridge website has a modest Job Description and a short list of Skills Requirements (namely “Strong analytical and problem solving skills desirable. Multinational Environment“); whereas the advert on IrishJobs.ie suggests that Dell are, in fact, looking for someone who is a “self-starter with strong interpersonal and communication skills, ability to deal with ambiguity, exhibit initiative, collaboration and drive for results“
And not only that, the advert goes on to explain that “Expertise in some of the following areas would be particularly helpful;