Meet our latest cohort of interns from De Montfort University. This week, we want to introduce you to Karulinaa…
“Hello! My name is Karulinaa Arulselvan. I graduated in Biomedical Sciences Bsc, July 2021 at De Montfort University. I have been working as a support worker at various nursing homes to aid my application process before I entered as an intern at Access Generation.
What are your ambitions for the future?
I aim to be accepted in a training programme that allows me to become a Genomic Counsellor. The application process required me to work at least 6 months full time as a healthcare assistant to be accepted and that is what I have been doing. Aside from my academic career, I hope to gain recognition and expand my teaching and students in classical indian dancing as well.
Why did you choose to intern with Access Generation?
My university introduced me to Access Generation. After researching them, I too became attracted to their mission and aims: changing the recruitment landscape to gain more applicants and encourage employers to be inclusive of inexperienced applicants. I am one of the many who have suffered from the harsh impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to job opportunities and work experience. In order to begin my ambition in the career I love, I must gain work experience. My work experience opportunity in June 2020 was cancelled due to the pandemic. This delayed and affected my application process as I would not be accepted without work experience despite having the knowledge, understanding and grades of my future career. I became worried if I could even achieve my dream career.
Yet employers were still reluctant to give in to my inexperience despite the pandemic conditions being out of my control. An organisation like Access Generation gives a voice to young inexperienced individuals like me to make employers realise that applicants are just
as knowledgeable and willing to those with the required experience.
What are you excited about doing with Access Generation?
Researching different companies and helping the recruitment landscape to improve job opportunities for young inexperienced individuals. Being a part of the change for the next generation is very exciting as well as developing my skills in various marketing strategies and research methods. I’m looking forward to the challenges I’ll accomplish here as an intern!
What do you hope to achieve during the internship?
To not only enhance my communication skills in the professional world, but to also make a great change to the employability rate of young inexperienced individuals who have the intellect for the job but not the “suitable” experience.
What is your message for employers?
Staff turnover is particularly high nowadays. It is really important to create employees who are passionate and want to stay within your company without considering dropping out. When employees start work without experience, they soon come to find passion in their work. Young people do have the intellectual capacity to work for you, we can amaze you. Give it a go, don’t let your company run without great people!
Do you want to support the next generation into work?
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