Take your internship seriously: Don’t forget to make most out of it
Many students think an internship mainly consists of making coffee and running errands for superiors all day, but that is not true. You need to change your preconceived views. And really, it should not be like that. An internship is an opportunity to test out all the skills that you developed in college and see how they work in the real world.
Here, are the things you should learn from your internship:
1. Professional way of communication: Working in a professional setting for the first time can be difficult to get used to. But it is the best way to learn new things and have a new experience. One of the most valuable skills you will gain from an internship is the ability to speak with people in a professional setting. Discussions with bosses or co-workers are different from discussions with lecturers or fellow students. After your internship, you should have a better idea of the appropriate way to behave as a professional. This will help you a lot when you start interviewing for jobs because you will be more confident and will sound more mature and experienced in a business setting.
2. Taking Constructive Criticism well: Naturally, no one likes to be criticised and performance evaluations can be quite scary. You will probably make a few mistakes and receive constructive criticism about your work from both your colleagues and your boss. Be open to it. Always remind yourself that it is not personal. It is for your own good and growth and it will improve the quality of your work.
3. Independence: Often, we think being spoon-fed is the way to learn, but working independently has proved to be very important. Your internship will teach you to make my own decisions and do things on your own. Being able to work independently with little guidance is very important in the working world.
4. Making Connections: In addition to the people who will be your references in the future, try to leave your internship with new connections: senior employees, clients, fellow interns, etc. These people can provide guidance, advice and help you in future job searches. Keep them in the loop on where you are in your career, and offer to help them whenever you can. They can be really helpful.
5. Work Hard no matter what you are doing: Always work hard even if your task is small and seems unimportant. It will help you build a good work ethic, and people will notice the effort you put in. It is not nice being told what to do all the time, but your superiors (mostly) know better. Following the rules and instructions, they give you makes it easier for everyone.
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