Looking for a pre-placement offer (PPO)?
Every big company offers a summer internship programme. The major goal of summer internship programmes is to expose students to a variety of industries in order to advance their professional and personal growth.
The company seeks to keep the prospect by providing him with a pre-placement opportunity or offer (PPO) after the candidate becomes familiar with the organization's work ethics. Typically, interns in their final year of undergraduate study are provided a prior opportunity because they can't join right away.
If you have been offered such a summer internship, here's five tips to get the pre-placement offer!
Be inquisitive : Don't be afraid to ask questions even if you feel other interns are judging you. Everyone learns at a different pace and asking questions makes you clear about your basics. This will help you to be clear with your role and thus outperform your peers. Ask your manager about the organization in general to make sure that he knows that you're interested to learn more about the organization.
Know about the nitty-gritties of the role and keep yourself updated about your role's future :
Make sure to go beyond what your organization asks you to do and beware of all the latest happenings surrounding your role if it's something you wish to pursue in the future.
Inform your manager about your interest : Remember to inform your manager subtly that you are interested in a PPO and would be more than happy to join the organization in a similar capacity. Also, show them that you have the zeal and capability to go beyond what is asked of you.
Networking : Networking is a very important aspect of getting a PPO. Connect with your seniors and industry leaders who are working in a similar role and ask for tips and tricks regarding how they have gotten the same. Apply those tips to land your PPO.
Pursue Courses : If you plan to work in the same role in the future, upskill yourself with the help for courses and live projects in the same domain. Revamp your resume after you are finished with them, don't forget to mention the grade you got in them. These enhance your chances of getting a PPO and make you stand out from the crowd.
Lastly, not getting a PPO isn't the end of the world. Allow yourself to feel sad for a while, brush up your skills and start applying elsewhere. Make sure to not deviate from the career path for the lack of a PPO and don't settle for anything less than what you deserve.