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In this situation, I would plan on being available for regular
conferences with the poor souls who are minding the store
in your absence to provide guidance, having them send you
their work to review at home and being on call for them in
critical decision situations. It isn't just that the inexperienced
interns won't be as capable as you technically, they will also
be relatively defenseless against anyone who wants to turn
your entire process on its ear in your absence (just think
about all the things you fend off on a regular basis and
imagine what things would be like if you had no authority
to do the fending off and you'll have an idea where the interns
will be). If you want to avoid having to come back and
rebuild everything from the ground up, plan on being part-time
rather than on leave.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Julia Cemer" <jcemer -at- wavelink -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2006 11:18 AM
Subject: RE: managing interns
Just to clarify a couple of points:
These will be just-graduated-from-college interns and it is a paying
internship (20-25 hours, I think).
I have no choice in the matter. Company wants "interns", so that's who
they are hiring. I'm more than a little nervous as to how it will play
out and what things will look like when I return.