Since the beginning of its operation last year, the search platform known as placements that was brought to life by Ayobami Oyaleke has catered for the needs of over 27000 interns and over 2000 employers. The platform has given adequate room for both graduates and undergraduates to search through its compiled internships with a subscription charge from the interns and their employers. Mr Oyaleke birthed this idea as he previously ran his own software company.
“I needed qualified hands on some part of the projects I handle for clients around the world, mostly from the United States (US) and Canada. I needed some hands that could creatively work under no or less supervision with a fair remuneration,” he said.
“I was in search of the right candidate for over six months, with a few tens of applications coming in. After a fair interview, I couldn’t pick even one to employ. I was so sad and lost some contracts because there was no one to help with some basics.”
With this experience, he concluded on intern with a US based software development company.
“Over months of working on software and architectural projects, I was exposed extensively to the technical and business part of handling projects. By the time I concluded my internship contract, I was loaded and ready to shoot,” Oyaleke said
“In 2015, i was expected to take part in a mandatory internship by my university, but could not find one that was suitable. I searched everywhere online, I got to know about internship opportunities outside the continent. Over a thousand of my level mates experienced this same problem,” said Oyaleke.
“At the end of the day, I had to settle for less, thereby interning with company which had a little to add to what I had learnt over the years.”
The experiences he had brought him to the point of founding “Placements” where the gap between interns and employers is bridged.
“Employers are sceptical of employing potential interns because they guess they are not qualified and have no experience,” said Oyaleke.
“There is no centralised system where interns can go to search for internship opportunities, interns can take soft skills training to make them employable, and employers can search for qualified interns to work with.”
This platform has proven to be quite a hit as it has aligned thousands of interns with their employers in the last 2 years and Mr Oyaleke said, he hopes to increase on a 300% growth yearly and also has his eyes on extending into other African nations.