PLACEMENTS AND INTERNSHIPS
The ongoing pandemic has had an adverse impact on the overall global economy. In addition, due to restrictions on mobility, organisations have witnessed loss of business resulting in salary reductions and unemployment. Therefore, a lot of organisations are going through recruitment freeze and hence, placements may be more challenging in times of COVID-19. However, some strategies that may be built to ensure a strong future for the students are as follows:
- Institution based opportunities
-Identify in-house research opportunities for research
-Identify in-house administrative job.
- Cross skilling to meet existing demands of jobs
-Create additional online cross-training courses in fields which have job requirements such as technology, healthcare administration to meet the job demands of those
- Management trainee programmes/ Pro bono work
-Build partnerships with organisations to create a job opportunity, which identifies shorter and more flexible working hours with lower pay for the This can be similar to management trainee programmes or extended internships. The pay package can be pre-set to a standardised hike for a time post COVID-19. Terms and conditions for this will need to be pre-defined.
-Work with organisations to identify pro-bono jobs which can engage the students effectively.
- International job opportunities
-Utilise this time to build partnerships with international organisations which will allow work from This way a payment in a higher power currency can meet the budget of the international company as well as the requirements of the student. However, the HEIs must work on the basis of the legal compliance of this structure with the legal authorities and government bodies.
- Tertiary Education Scholarships/ Fellowships
-Create opportunities of tertiary education and identify ways to provide scholarships, the cost of which can be adjusted with increase in admission of students who may want to take up online postgraduate degree