[b]For a recent University graduate would you recommend a trainee program or a direct entry position?[/b]
I just finished University, have listened to the interview podcasts, prepared my documents and myself accordingly and have started to send out applications. I noticed that many larger corporations are steering graduates towards their trainee programs. I am unsure whether a trainee program or a direct entry position is the better choice.
Here is how I see the risks and opportunities of both:
- more challenging
- internally seen as "he knows what he wants"
- chance to progress quickly
- could get stuck in the wrong/boring position
- do not the corporation well, so potential for "wrong" choice higher
- forced to focus much more/bring career path in a certain direction
- chance to see various teams, aspects of the corporation, select positon
- schedule for a variety of projects already laid out
- internal "grooming" of trainees, well networked, good standing
- seen as "does not know what he wants"/"just a trainee"
- delays direct entry/career by 12-18 months with no other benefits
Am I right with these observations? What could be added?
I realize that this also depends on the corporation and the specific direct entry position/trainee program in question. But maybe we could develop some general advice like "a trainee program is better, if you have no internship experience" or "a direct entry is better, if your goal is to progress quickly".
I'm looking forward to reading your insights on this.