Truebil, an online marketplace for second-hand cars, will soon be hiring retired senior citizens as interns for a brief period for their firm. The firm would be hiring approximately eight interns for the purpose, all with work experience, and will allot them work pertaining to the mid-level or senior-management level.
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Well, this certainly reminds us of the Robert De Niro-starrer movie, “The Intern” where Niro plays the role of Ben Whittaker – an elderly intern working for a fashion start-up. The co-founder and marketing head of Truebil, Shubh Bansal, believes that this experiment is a two—way process. First of all, the retired senior citizens would be thoroughly trained in using the latest technology to run a modern corporate organization; secondly, the some-200 regular employees, the average age of whom is 28 years, would be exposed to how companies functioned in the pre-internet age with a hierarchical culture and a tough boss. Being a start-up, the employees at Truebil enjoy a much more open-minded atmosphere.
Bansal reports that, the interns would be hired for three months with a monthly stipend of Rs. 15,000/-, combined with travel and lunch cost. As they are not regular employees at work, they will have the freedom to arrive everyday or at least thrice a week. One particular senior intern will have the exclusive opportunity to work with the CEO, while the other interns will be assigned separate department duties.
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The experiment will begin at Truebil’s office in Mumbai, and will gradually spread out to Bengaluru and Delhi.
According to medical science, most retired people remain physically fit even after sixty years of age. Kamal Karanth, the co-founder from the specialist staffing firm Xpheno, says that senior citizen hiring still happens at a moderate rate. He says that a certain group of senior citizens want to work as a consultant or on a part-time basis, and gives us the example of rapidly expanding non-banking financial companies who have hired retired bank managers or PSU bank officials to work with them. This phenomenon also introduces new customers to the company.
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The popular online job-seeking website Indeed shows us that most senior citizens are eager to work as a data entry clerk, computer operator, freelance writer, faculty, trainer, tutor and content writer. Sashi Kumar, the Head of Sales of Indeed India also reveals that there is a vast difference between the number of job seekers and the number of job opportunities. Unfortunately, though job seekers are more than willing on sharing their knowledge and experience, they face severe competition from the limited availability of job openings.
With all those facts and data there, maybe our government should extend the retirement age limit by ten or fifteen years!