You’re a busy work-at-home mom. You deftly balance the needs of family, friends, and work, but it can definitely take a toll on you. You’ve often found yourself saying that if only you had an extra pair of hands, you’d be able to get so much more done. Well, it might be time to hire an intern. In fact, hiring an intern can be a very smart career move for working moms. Here’s why.
It Can Give You a Fresh Perspective
Let’s say that you’ve worked in your current position for a few years now. You can do the job in your sleep. Thing is, that could be the very thing that is holding you back from accomplishing more. When you take on an intern, you’ll be forced to explain the ins and outs of your position as you attempt to train her. As you describe your workflow in greater detail, you’ll inevitably take a big-picture look at your own position. In doing so, you may find trouble spots that can use improvement—and ways in which to solve those problems. By restructuring yourself, you may be able to increase your productivity, making you faster and more efficient.
It Looks Good on Your Resume
Having an intern helping you is not only beneficial for you in the short-term, but also in the long-term, too. Sure, an intern can help you with the day-to-day work needs that you face. Thing is, when you have an intern, you serve as a mentor of sorts. Being a mentor to an up-and-comer shows that you have the skills and knowledge that another person wants to learn. It strengthens your leadership skills as you help guide another person’s burgeoning career. All of those qualities are highly desirable by hiring managers, and can be highlighted on a resume, especially if you might be looking to find another position in the future.
It Can Free up Some of Your Time
Every job has a little (or a lot) of grunt work. From answering incessant emails to doing seemingly menial tasks, there are a lot of ways in which your time could be better utilized. By hiring an intern, you can free up those precious minutes (or gasp, even hours!) by assigning some of these less important items to her. But here’s the thing: an intern is not a babysitter. So if you think that you can bring on an intern in the hopes of cutting out child care or never having to make a post office run again, think twice. The goal of any intern is to gain knowledge, be able to use the experience as a job on their resume, and hopefully score a killer recommendation, too. So you need to be respectful of your intern’s time. That’s why it’s important to assign your intern a variety of things to do, mixing simple tasks with assignments that will give her a greater understanding of your job, and on a larger scale, the career that she’s potentially interested in.
Don’t assume that simply because you’re working from home and that you have a flexible schedule that you shouldn’t have an intern. See if your company has an internship program in place so that you can get one to help you right away. Or you can look around to hire one as well. Once you have an intern working with you, you’ll never look at your workflow the same way again.