In many ways, a bad job fit is similar to a bad marriage. Sometimes, it’s entered into as a result of pressure. Often, during the courtship stage, both parties wear a mask that hides their true emotions, and they tend to overlook obvious warning signs. Once the relationship is “official,” one or both parties realize that they’ve made a mistake, but they feel trapped. The longer the relationship continues, the more unhappy both parties are, but the harder it is to consider leaving.
Michael Somers is no marriage counselor, but fortunately, he can help job candidates and companies avoid entering into bad relationships. Somer is the founder and chief quality officer of internrocket, an internship finder that is revolutionizing the way people find their dream jobs and employers find their “rockstar” workers.
“Our vision is to help people find and do what they were designed to do. At least 70 percent of employees are unhappy at work, yet only 20 percent are looking for other jobs,” says Somers. He wants to change both of those statistics and believes he can start at the high school level.
“The most common questions we ask high school juniors and seniors are ‘Where do you want to go to school?’ and ‘What do you want to do with your life?’ but at that age, they don’t really know. That’s why 80 percent of freshmen are undeclared and 50 percent to 70 percent of students will switch majors at least once while in college,” Somers explains.
He provides an example of the type of problems students face: Suppose a high school graduate decided to pursue nursing, moved across the country to attend a prestigious nursing school, took out various student loans to pursue this degree, and after several years of study, discovered during clinicals that she really didn’t like the idea of touching people. Now what? She’s told everyone that she’s going to be a nurse and she’s invested so much time, energy, and money – so she continues on the path. And she spends the next 20 to 30 years in a profession that she hates.
However, Somers argues, had she been allowed to take a “microinternship” back when she was in high school, she could have figured out that she wasn’t designed for a career in nursing, and this revelation at an earlier age could have resulted in a different and more fulfilling career path. Somers believes that both internships and microinternships (which could be as brief as 5 hours) can provide opportunities for perfect matches between candidates and companies.
But microinternships aren’t just for high school students. Somers believes that they can also be beneficial to college students, unemployed workers, and employees who are looking for new opportunities. By using algorithms that match interests and needs, internrocket.com can provide a variety of cherry-picked short-term and long-term projects (some paid, some not), to help people and companies discover what they like. And unlike university-sponsored internships, which could take weeks from the application date to the placement date – and are limited in scope – internrocket.com can provide custom matches with a plethora of companies in the course of a day.
Organizations also benefit because they can find the right workers without investing huge sums of money. They can hire a candidate to work on a small project to determine if the person has the right skills and would be a good fit within the organization. “The average cost of a new hire is $3,500, and this process drastically lowers the risk of making a bad hire,” says Somers. “During an interview, a candidate isn’t going to tell you that he doesn’t like working with people, or he’s cranky until he gets that 2nd cup of coffee – which doesn’t occur until the afternoon – but a small project may help you to detect these types of behaviors.”