Every major job portal out there is focused on the big companies and aspiring entrepreneurs are left alone in the difficult job search. While everyone agrees that to gain experience as an entrepreneur the only way is to actually start your company or work in a startup and try to grab the most out of the experience, no one helps students in this difficult search.
Now recent graduates have a easy way of finding internships in startups and small businesses: Enternships.
The site was started by Rajeeb Dey, a 23 years old graduate from the University of Oxford. Being president of The Oxford Entrepreneurs student society Dey is very informed about students’ needs and is also very connected with the UK startup scene.
“If you want to be a lawyer, accountant or banker you can do internships in the summer of your penultimate year but if you want to be an entrepreneur, other than setting up your own venture the best way to learn is to work in a start-up / small firm. In the current economic climate in particular there are fewer jobs available in big corporations so it’s about time we shifted our attention to the ‘long tail’ of the recruitment industry and looked at the millions of small but exciting firms out there.” Dey said.
The premise of the new site is very simple, employers sign up and post placements and potential enterns upload their CVs and apply for them. Employers are then able to manage the entire recruitment process, from posting a vacancy to filtering, interviewing and selecting candidates, via the website.
There are already plenty of listings from a lot of the major european startups such as Huddle, MyDeco and Wakoopa. The team is now working on expanding their radius to India and USA.
“One of the greatest luxuries of being a student is having the time to think about ideas. One of the best things about being in a start-up is that it is all about ideas. An Enternship will give you a great opportunity experience life in an entrepreneurial environment.” Says Martha Lane Fox, Co-Founder of Lastminute.com and CEO of Lucky Voice, who is supporting Enternships and providing great positions in some of their ventures.
If you are a student looking for some entrepreneurial experience, this will surely be helpful.