Providing internship opportunities or ‘on-the-job training’ (OJT) to a candidate is the organisation’s way of expressing its intent to hire that candidate and equip them with the necessary skills to perform in their job. During the internship or OJT, students get the first-hand experience in the actual work conditions and get accustomed to the working environment.
Internships, On-the-Job Training: The Real-Time Experience
As mentioned above, internships and on-the-job training provides a real-time experience to fresher to understand the structure and work conditions of an organisation. Students who undergo internships have the added advantage of constant mentoring and guidance from experienced employees. Also, the trainees get to understand the pressure and feel the adrenaline while working on projects, interacting with clients, and meeting deadlines.
On-the-Job Training and Internships Prepares for the Real World
OJT and internships prepares trainees to ‘hit the ground running’ once they complete it successfully and fulfil the criteria to become a full-time employee of the organisation. Candidates who underwent OJT or internships are more confident, better equipped and generally more adept at carrying out their KRAs. These features make the OJT highly sought after and relevant.
Internships and OJT: Fewer Targets, Low Risks with Stipend
Trainees always have a scope to learn and complete the work in a semi-competitive atmosphere, without the pressure of time and targets. In the professional world where there is near zero tolerance for mistakes and ineptitude, OJT and internship is perhaps one of the very few practices that allow the trainees to learn from their mistakes, without jeopardizing their career prospects. The icing on the cake is, of course, the stipend that the trainees get.
Hand’s on Experience
Since OJT and internships focuses on experiential learning, the trainees get a chance to observe every step of their respective seniors keenly and focus on the project systematically, thereby gathering both the theoretical concepts and their application hands-on. This enables them to take on any project confidently when they are absorbed on a full-time basis eventually.
Internships and OJT: Enhancing Employability Skills
On-the-job training adds considerable value to a candidate’s credentials and increases their prospects and potential. OJT candidates also inculcate soft-skills such as problem- solving and decision-making that are considered as essential employability skills.
On-the-job Training and Internships at Tech Mahindra SMART Academies
All the SMART Digital Academies, Healthcare Academies, and Logistics Academy of Tech Mahindra Foundation help students to undergo internships or on-the-job training during their course period. We have special teams at our Academies that connects with various organisations to make sure that our students go for the OJT or internships at their premises.
Tech Mahindra SMART Academies helps the students understands the importance of the internship and OJT and go for them. Since our students go through OJT or internship during the course period, they have the extra advantage of having experience even before they start their professional career will carry that edge throughout their careers as they get the real-time experience and a necessary lift in the initial stage itself. They often attract faster promotions and better appraisals.
Placement & Alumni Cell – Guidance & Support
Batches that opt for internships or OJT or internships are entrusted to a faculty member, who ensures a healthy and conducive atmosphere for their learning, training and also to address any concerns that the trainees might have concerning the trainers or organizations they are assigned to. The weekly reviews by the assigned internship-faculty/placement officer with the trainees and the organization’s representative helps the trainees understand the level of work and standards that are expected from them, giving them opportunities to build on their strengths and work on their areas of improvement.