Intern v Upturn? Work experience v Experienced workers?

Life Imitating Art

Have you seen the film The Intern?

A moving film of the times with an angelic Robert De Niro offering words of wisdom to a younger generation in an ECommerce start up.. It’s a little twee, a little patronising but ultimately it’s a film that showcases why older workers are so valuable in the workplace, and that can never be a bad thing!


Hmm… We need to do something, but what?

Since I watched The Intern back in 2015 too  it’s been nibbling away at me a little  because;

1. Greydient should have an Intern within our business. 2. Greydient should be managing an internship program for later life applicants..

But then, sometimes, life and work gets in the way..

So what is an Intern?

  1. 1.
    a student or trainee who works, sometimes without pay, in order to gain work experience or satisfy requirements for a qualification.

Interns are usually undergraduates or students, and most internships last for any length of time between one week and 12 months.The benefits for a recent graduate are vast. In a highly competitive graduate job market place, internships offer students a period of practical work experience in the industry relating to their field of study or field of interest. Unlike conventional employment too, internships have an emphasis on training , so although the work can be a little mundane and functionary, the chance to get training and experience is a really great opportunity.

For the intern..

But what exactly are the benefits to the employer? Apart from some cheap labour and a smarter way to recruit graduate trainees by giving them exposure to their role and their business ?

Surely the Robert De Niro “later life Internship program”; where the intern can bring experience, expertise, and value to a business, is a much richer program and offers more valuable initial ROI? And unlike De Niro, the average age of Greydient’s candidate base is 45-50, so post-internship, they still have plenty of working life in them yet and so could make a future impact also.

Greydient Launches Its New Uptern-ship Program

  1. 1.
    an improvement or upward trend, especially in economic conditions or someone’s fortunes.
    “an upturn in the economy”

A small play of words and maybe a little flippant but isn’t the term Upterns more suitable than Interns, for older workers?

As above, an “upturn” is “an improvement or upward trend “and that’s exactly what an employer would get when they hire an Uptern from Greydient via our Upternship program, a 3 month program offering a wage, expenses and more importantly an opprtunity to get back into the workplace, apply transferable skills and build a new career.

Thus, if you are an employer or a candidate, please contact Greydient for more details. We’re here to help.

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