India is no doubt growing at an amazing pace and so are its people. It is one of the youngest nations in the world in terms of average age group of the population (India has more than 50% of its population below the age of 25 and more than 65% below the age of 35).
You must be wondering, “Why is he quoting so many statistics and stating what we all know very well?” The point is that with this kind of population there is also a great competition in all fields, may it be jobs, admission into schools and colleges and so forth; Students building out CV’s, trying to work in dozens of places, doing internships way before they even pass out.
We all know there are now a multitude of internship sites enticing students. Same goes for companles and startups who make the most out of this by employing the youth in return for “experience certificates”.
I’m not against this culture per se; it’s actually a good environment for startups and also benefits everyone in the process. But what really ticks me off is that these internships are becoming a joke. Students sign up for a dozen of these internships to build out their cv’s without gaining any real experience or doing much work.
I’ve been taking in many applications for internships from 100’s of students in the past 1-2 months. I’ve received dozens of CV’s, LinkedIn profiles and much more. What I see in most of these profiles as experience is “Internship at XYZ” and many times working at 3-5 places simultaneously.
Now you might be a master at multi tasking but I don’t see how any one can balance a full time college along with a dozen internships. The only way I see it is that you are not adding any value to the company you are working for. It’s all a show to build out a CV. And again there is rarely a description of what they have done or achieved at the company, all that counts is that you are doing an internship? I don’t think so.