Nov 2019

The ‘minternship’ might be a fix to your mid-career woes

If you’re feeling unfulfilled at work, a mid-career internship can help you change your career track or find a job that’s a better fit.

Feeling stuck or unmotivated in your career? You’re not alone, especially if you’re a millennial. A 2019 survey by Deloitte found that job dissatisfaction is high among millennials, and 49% will quit their jobs within the next two years.

Instead of jumping right into another job, you might consider a “minternship.” Once a way for students to get real-world experience, internships—or “minternships” as some call them at this career stage—are becoming increasingly popular with people in their thirties. Taking a step back and becoming a learner again can help you change your career track or industry or find a job that’s more personally fulfilling. …

However, a pay cut may be cheaper than returning to college, says Michael B. Horn, author of Choosing College: How To Make Better Learning Decisions Throughout Your Life. “[Minterns] can learn in an environment that is relevant to what they are doing with no extraneous academic courses,” he says. “And the internship has clear tangible value of being able to show prospective employers that the individuals are capable of actually doing the job. Internships and on-the-ground experience can be a strong competitor to a college or university’s various programs for adult learners.”


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