"I feel really grateful that you gave me that first chance and devoted so much time in coaching me! Thanks once again for transferring to me your passion for the Program. I'm glad to be part of Robert Owens' school, and very glad to keep alive your spirit of caring about training the new generations of interns."
Nuria Llin, Marketing Manager: University Programme, Texas Instruments Europe. March 2015
There are people in your career that make a lasting impact. Although I am at the start of my career, when I look back, I believe that Robert will be that person… As a manager he challenges you to challenge yourself and instils a strong working ethic at the same time as offering his constant guidance and support. Robert provided me with a great starting point to my career. Thank you Robert!
Jayne Hodgkiss, Global Supply Management at ON Semiconductor, Munich, Germany, 2011
"I worked for Robert for 13 months during my internship with Texas Instruments, however his support, guidance and wisdom have extended far beyond the initial call of duty. Robert has invested the time and effort that has helped me to evolve in a very short space of time. He has the ability to inspire confidence, gift knowledge and can always spare five minutes to provide advice, and for that, I am eternally grateful."
Adam Pavey, Marketing Manager at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, UK, 14th March’12
"Hard to believe, but it has been a very exciting 20…I still recognise that this was only possible because of the opportunity you gave me in the first place and the help and support in those early years, and I will always be grateful."
Tony Astley, EMEA Sales Director at GaN Systems, May’02
"Robert promoted me for the position of internship student at EnOcean. He guided me through the entire process of recruitment, giving huge support as well. I really appreciate his help."
Marcin Gajewski, Senior Electronic Designer. March 2015
"Robert is a mentor to me, not only he cares about my work progress, also my personal development. His work attitude and ethics are top class, which bond his team tight and goal driven…"
Laurence Keung, Digital Performance Executive at iProspect HK, China. May 2018
"I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed working with you and learned a whole lot from you. Thank you for your mentoring. It has been an invaluable experience for me to have the opportunity to work with someone like you."
Maria Ho, Marketing and Business Development Manager at Texas Instruments Washington, USA, July’00
"I realise more and more each day though, just how lucky I was to have had the job I had working for you at TI and once again, Robert, I would like to thank you for the wonderful experience I gained whilst working for you. I couldn't have asked for a more enjoyable and valuable year out. I really feel blessed for having been given this opportunity."
Emma Crookes, Business & Marketing Assistant to University Program, Nice, France, July‘98
"As my mentor and manager during my time at RS Components, I can say with complete confidence that Robert Owen is a guru in University Programmes and a brilliant mentor… It was a privilege to have had Robert be my mentor."
Calvin Barnett, Managing Editor at BHTA Engage, UK. April 2015
"The training that I received from Robert was incredibly helpful – memorable, practical and impactful. The training sessions benefit both my work and life. I would definitely recommend Robert’s training to anyone without a doubt!"
Li Jiaxuan Rose, Business Analytics and Consultancy student at Lancaster University, UK. May 2018
Most companies under-exploit their interns. Few companies understand how an empowered student can make a significant difference to an organisation’s effectiveness. We passionately believe that a well-run intern programme is a decisive competitive advantage.
We have been finding, selecting, and coaching Interns since 1994. Our experience is based on the genuinely creative use of student manpower to implement University Programmes, Technical Support Groups and Customer Relations projects. Students are part of our operations: their expertise supports our projects. We are not just a recruiter! Our reach is pan-European: we can reach good candidates across the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Turkey and Israel.
All our recruitment advisers are former interns who have been through our programme. Yes, all of them!
Our model for success is a well-refined process, with several unique components:
13 month placements, so that outgoing students can run a structured handover to their successors. This promotes continuity and saves management time. It’s also great experience for the students.
Enriching the current intern’s experience and engendering commitment by involving them in the recruitment process. Every student going through our process knows what it feels like to have a vacancy to fill, and never writes their CV the same way again!
Facilitating links between the University and their Student by supporting Tutor visits and assessments, and special projects. We actively engage with the Student’s university and facilitate joint projects where required. With some planning these are a triple-win: for Student, their company and their university.
Tapping the pool of outstanding non-EU students studying at EU universities who are entitled to take a placement using their Student Visa. Yes it is true! You can employ non-EU Interns without a work permit. But how do you do it? For example, imagine how useful a native Chinese speaker could be in technology company!
Offering innovative low-cost solutions to working spaces if the host company does not have room to accommodate a student. The perfect solution for small or even one-person companies.
Dramatically increasing the payback from outstanding interns, by offering them special assignments in the period after their 13 months is completed. Their placement may finish in July, but term does not restart until late-September. Your well-trained intern could be incredibly useful during this period!
Once running, after two years, this intern programme creates a precious pipeline of graduate talent ready for recruitment. If you are being “crowded-out” by big competitors with deep pockets, this may be the perfect answer to your hunt for talented graduates.
Graduate recruitment has become a battle. Attracting the right calibre of people and ensuring they want to stay is getting harder. If you are in a major technology centre such as Munich, London, Tel Aviv, or Silicon Valley, the major companies with famous profiles and deep pockets are harvesting talent long before graduation. For smaller companies, finding the people you need is tough.
In our experience, meaningful loyalty comes from several key ingredients:
Empowerment by giving genuine responsibility
Investment in training which is graduate-led
Motivation through a sense of belonging and shared values.
Recognition that most of them will move on in 3 years.
You must plan for the one or two that you wish to keep for longer, and be proactive to retain them
Understanding that many of today’s graduates have a different value set. The reputation of the company, its values, and its work culture may be more important than remuneration.
Millennials (born 1980-1994) or “Generation Y” have a distinct mindset and its probably very different to yours!
Our relevant experience includes recruiting Marketing Execs for a global distributor, Junior Sales Engineers for a semiconductor company, and aspiring Radio/New Media Presenters.
Before you criticise a team member for doing something wrong, please always ask yourself “did you teach them how to do it properly?” If you find yourself saying, “No, but it’s simple. They should know”, then please read the classic book “The One Minute Manager” by Blanchard & Johnson.
It’s the best 2 hours of self-development you will ever do!
Every hour you spend giving relevant one-the-job coaching will be rewarded by increased staff effectiveness, greater loyalty, and higher quality of execution. Yet in our busy schedules, so often we don’t reserve the time to do this.
We can help you by providing relevant and practical training.
Amongst the topics we can cover:
Efficient use of e-mail and effective document management
Life on the Road: essential training for professional sales people
We tailor our training to suit the circumstances of your company and focus on a few individuals who will most benefit. Our trainers are not trainers: they are execs and managers who have learned these things by doing.