This year, a film called The Intern starring Robert DeNiro depicted a 70-plus-year-old grandfather re-entering the work force at a startup in New York City. Two founders of a PR agency in New York were so inspired by the film, they decided to create a similar program called the Enternship. Wunderlich Kaplan Communications designed the program to tailor to women 40 years old or older who are looking for a career change or to re-enter the work force after time off.
I thought this was a genius idea. In a social media heavy, startup-focused world of Millennials, this might be exactly what young companies need.
According to them, it is estimated that in the United States, there are upward of three million women who have advanced college degrees trying to re-enter the work force, but who are being passed over jobs because they are "too experienced."
I have a startup and an agency, and I know many business owners who would kill for "too experienced" in a world where 20-year-olds think they deserve a management position and a $200,000 starting salary at a startup.
Not to bash Millennials--because I am one--but sometimes life experience trumps the rest. It's always a good strategy to bring in new perspectives to problems.
They have started taking applications and will be graduating their first "class" at the end of the summer.
The movie was great, but I can't wait to see this unfold in real life. I might be the first employer in line when the summer is over.
Correction: An earlier version of this column called the film by the wrong name. The name is The Intern.