Interns Not Given Growth Opportunities
Intern (Current Employee) – Orange, CA – March 15, 2018
I interned at OCTA for about 1.5yrs and was continuously told by upper management what a great asset I was to the authority. After interning and graduating from college, I was continuously (verbally)promised full time career opportunities. Time came and went and there was no movement or job postings for associate level positions.
OCTA is comprised of around 10% millennials employees. It is internally acknowledged that there is a need for millennial employees. The internship program places hardworking, career-driven millennials into the agency that internally claims they need younger employees. The agency, in turn, willingly allows these young interns to leave after their two years is up and persue careers elsewhere. This is all because the boomers who work here are taking up space waiting out their retirements, leaving absolutely no room for growth or career advancement for interns.
I have personally witnessed incompetent career "professionals", making 6 figures, not know how to utilize excel, microsoft office suite, simple word documents, and have even assisted in the training of these incompetent workers making 10Xs more than I did as an intern.
It is a shame that interns are not given the respect and opportunities they deserve at this authority.