Strong internship programs are a practical solution to combat career uncertainty, the skills gap, unemployment, underemployment, and ageism. Check out these books for additional research and support for internship programs.
Internship Tip: Help your intern develop transferable skills that can be used in diverse professional environments.
- Roadmap: The Get-It-Together Guide for Figuring Out What to Do with Your Life by Roadtrip Nation, Brian McAllister, Mike Marriner, Nathan Gebhard
Roadmap helps emerging careerists think deeply about how they can enter the workforce and thrive, using Roadtrip Nation’s interest-based approach. With actionable, real-world wisdom on every page, it’s an essential tool for today’s young professionals and the parents, educators, and advisors seeking to inspire them.
Internship Tip: Great internship managers are also role models.
2.Teach to Work: How a Mentor, a Mentee, and a Project Can Close the Skills Gap in America by Patty Alper
Teach to Work is a call to action for mentors currently sitting on the sidelines. Whether you are a banker, lawyer, architect, accountant, engineer, IT specialist, or artist, you have the experience and skillset to become an ambassador of talent, grit, and transferable skills. The book provides a step-by-step guide to help professionals share their knowledge with the next generation of workers through this intergenerational experience.
Internship Tip: The right intern can help you increase your productivity and profits while giving back to your community.
3. Build A Culture of Good: Unleash Results by Letting Your Employees Bring Their Soul to Work by Scott Moorehead, Ryan McCarty
Imagine what our world would be like if all employees of all businesses were given the permission to care about not just their job but also their fellow employees, their customers, and the cause they are most passionate about in life. What would it be like if all people got the chance to make positive changes in the world around them on a daily basis while they did their job? Or, to put that another way, what would happen if people were given the chance to bring their soul to work with them? That’s the journey Scott Moorehead and Ryan McCarty embarked on when they created a movement inside their company they called a “Culture of Good.” In their debut book, Moorehead, the CEO of a thriving telecommunications business, and McCarty, a pastor, speaker, and nonprofit founder, share how, despite their different backgrounds, they came together in pursuit of a common goal-to help their company find the “sweet spot” that connects employees, customers, and a cause.
Internship Tip: Don’t overlook older interns.
4. Back on the Career Track: A Guide for Stay-at-Home Moms Who Want to Return to Work by Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin
Women revolutionized the workforce by entering professions in record numbers, but many stepped off the career track to care for their families. Now, these same women are forging new career paths by proving that they can return to challenging, meaningful careers after a break, and so can you. Back on the Career Track shows you how they are doing it and helps you learn from their successes and challenges.
Nicki Sanders, The Packaged For Success Coach, is an Adjunct Professor with a passion for business and career development. She has an extensive background in developing and managing interns and successful internship programs. She is a skilled manager, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has packaged her Master of Social Work degree and 20 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a full service training and professional development company.
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