no spring chicken.
March 19, 2011 7:03 PM Subscribe
have you done an internship despite not being fresh out of college? in fact, very far out of college?
posted by violetk to Work & Money (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
my boyfriend has been unemployed for about six months. prior to that, he was working in the collections department in a law firm doing accounts payable stuff—a job he really hated, but it was his first job post-divorce. when he was first married, he was an IT manager at sony in the bay area but his wife, who was an attorney, kept getting bigger and better offers all over southern california so she moved and when they had their first child, he would commute from SF to so.cal. eventually, he felt that he wasn't seeing his kid enough and left his job. they had another child and he became a stay-at-home dad for a long time. he's essentially in the same situation that most women are who return the work force after being stay-at-home moms.
he went to a community college after the divorce to acquire accounting knowledge but his job at the law firm was incredibly unfulfilling for him. the type of experiences he's always enjoyed the most was those in which he could help people in need. he's an incredibly compassionate and caring person, but has never really found his niche career-wise. it really was no wonder that he was such a great stay-at-home dad. i've always felt that he should be working in the non-profit/humanitarian sector and he agrees. however, he has no experience in that field, and very little experience otherwise outside of his IT skills, which are out-of-date, and his accounts job. my suggestion to him has been to do some volunteer work for a non-profit to gain experience, and then today i was reading about an internship in the humanitarian department at a huge global retail brand and encouraged him to apply, not only because i think it's a great introduction to this kind of work, but often this company will hire their interns if they do well and they like the intern. his response was that he felt he was too old (40 this year), and would be competing against college aged/grad kids. i told him to sell it as him refocusing on what he's always really wanted to do with his career, which was to help people in a very tangible way; that having been laid off, he's been trying to find opportunities in which he could make it a career and that an internship would be a great way to get exposure and gain that type of experience. any job he would get otherwise, would not be paying a whole lot anyway based on his work experience (or lack thereof), and i would be making enough to support us both so an unpaid volunteer or internship job is not something that would be financially unfeasible.
would this a good idea for him? have you had experience doing an internship as someone older, or known anyone who has? do you have any other suggestions for how he can maximize gaining experience?