Summers are here again and it is very common to see parents scrambling to figure out options to keep their children engaged. There is a humungous pressure on parents these days to keep their children engaged in their holidays. A holiday outside their city can only fill up a small part of their vacation calendar. This attitude has given birth to a huge industry these days of summer camps and classes. When you have a close look at the agenda and faculty you realize that very few organizers of camps have any idea what they are doing. Summer camps are also good business for many schools, Infact a lot of them have realized that there is an opportunity to generate revenues during this lean period.
One option that is rarely considered by students and parents these days is Summer Internships.
I remember as a high school student I spent a lot of time during my holidays working at my uncles automobile store. During most of my engineering days I did a lot of part time jobs selling copier paper, computer consumables, audio-visual equipment, LCD projects. I have to admit that the learning’s that I got from these experiences at a very young age was tremendous. I learnt the value of money and people which I think has been one of my biggest lessons to date. When I look back I am not sure how I managed to juggle an engineering course and part time job, but what I remember is that I enjoyed doing both and it just did not seem difficult.
At EduMedia for over a decade now we have always had students interning with us and contributing immensely to some key projects. We have had interns from different parts of the world interning with us. Our interns at times have been students as young as class 9 and they get to work on some phenomenal projects. Infact this year every departmental at EduMedia has a mandate to have interns working on live projects. Having these interns in our office is a great learning experience for my team as well.
I really pity the kids these days – on one hand everyone around me seems to tell me that this generation is smarter on the other hand we treat the same children like idiots and send them to coaching classes, tutorials, online tutoring and loads. The unnecessary pressure of doing well in exams means that most schools land up giving so much holiday homework that kids have very little time to do anything else or their parents send them to special classes even during their holidays.
Student internships need not be focused or specific to what the children want to do in future. Any job in any form in any organisation will teach them lessons for life. We as adults need to have the conviction to allow children to experience lessons rather than buy them books to read from. Encourage your students and parents look beyond summer camps and summer classes this year, internships are a great option as it teaches children invaluable life lessons which no camp or book can teach.