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Secondment opportunities

 
#1 Secondment opportunities
15/12/2006 12:05

DB

Do any firms offer secondment opportunities as opposed to internships or is it not really something that's considered?

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#2 RE: Secondment opportunities
15/12/2006 13:38

Crabbit to DB (#1)

??? Sorry, I don't understand the question.

Secondments are temporary internal moves for people already working for the company, usually used as a development exercise.

Internships are temporary (usually voluntary or v. low paid) placements for external people looking to get experience in a particular industry.

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#3 RE: Secondment opportunities
15/12/2006 17:18

DB to Crabbit (#2)

Sorry I didn't really make myself clear.

Do management consultancys ever take on external personnel on a secondment basis?

This would be with a view to development for the secondee by working in a different business environment but may also offer benefits to the hosting company if the secondee had experience of working in a certain sector or on a specific type of project?

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#4 RE: Secondment opportunities
15/12/2006 17:27

Crocko to DB (#3)

Yes. We have secondees from some of our main clients. We had a guy seconded from the Cabinet Office for about a year until this summer.

These things are always (to my knowledge) based on relationship-building i.e. the consultancy only takes on the secondee if they know they can trust the secondee and their organisation with any commercially sensitive information.

Secondments with consultancies are organised corporately and are not open to independent, external applications from individuals (hence why you don't see them advertised).

There's no immediate benefit to a consultancy in having someone for a short period (generally a year) who is not necessarily qualified to be billed as a consultant but can't be given more junior roles either. The benefit comes from the secondee giving the consultancy work once they return to their normal employer.

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#5 RE: Secondment opportunities
15/12/2006 20:18

DB to Crocko (#4)

Thank you

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