Internships and scholarships are a great way to get ready for life outside of the academic world. They allow you to apply everything you learned in school, but in a real-life environment. However, you need to keep a clear head and remember why you’re doing your internship in the first place. When it’s all strategic and deliberate, it’s a great tool for your future career.
1.Make the Right Choice
When choosing where you would like to go for an internship, choose carefully. Set the objectives and expectations. Be prepared and inquire about responsibilities and whether the company in question has an adequate program for interns.
Working for recognizable and large companies has its benefits such as more diverse opportunities and more noticeable component in CV but keep in mind that smaller firms might give you a more overall experience and more dedicated colleagues.
It’s also important to choose an internship position that’s relevant to your field of study. This seems like common sense, but many students get tempted by good-sounding roles without a clear connection to their studies.
2.Learn How to Learn: The Art of Asking Questions
We have all been there, shy and with a lack of confidence while going for our internships. Don’t hide and wait for people to notice you. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself and ask questions. Show your curiosity while being polite and considerate of someone’s time and effort dedicated to answering you. If possible, prepare your questions in advance and be ready to note down the answers if necessary. Confidence and consideration can nicely pave the path of your future successful career.
3.Master Listening and Communication
With this in mind, listen carefully to all the answers, as you might not get a chance to ask again, and it’s considered rude not to listen to your interlocutor. Do your best to understand, as much as it is in your power at the present moment and remember, there is plenty of time to connect all the dots and get a full understanding on a later stage.
You might encounter these colleagues again during your career and, for sure, they will recollect the dedication and the desire to learn that you have displayed. And, who knows, maybe precisely these people will make important decisions regarding your employment.
4.Taking Notes and Writing
We absorb so much information on a daily level, making it difficult to memorize all new experiences and knowledge. Try to make notes of your learning, as a certain form of a diary.
Not only it would help you with your ongoing duties, but would also show you how much you have progressed over time. On a later on stage in your career, it might serve you as a reminder of your modest beginnings and drive you to help those just starting their journey in business the world.
5.Learn How to Work as a Part of a Team
Try to help your colleagues outside of your set responsibilities and duties. Besides the obvious – helping is virtuous, this would also benefit you in the sense of better understanding of processes and companies’ mindset. Therefore, you would gain a better knowledge of where you see yourself in the future.
Another great thing about working in a team is that you will often get feedback and reviews about your performance. This is actually among the most useful learning tools on the job. Reviews are extremely important.
6.Learn about Your Goals, Dreams, and Preferences
It’s difficult out there in the real world. It can be scary, tiring, and full of misunderstanding and not enough understanding. You will face obstacles, people with no spare time to help, even injustice on occasions. Do not get discouraged as you have a goal in mind. Do not forget that you want to learn, to prosper and find your place. With every new skill and knowledge, with every impediment you overcome, excitements will grow, and so will you.
Your internship will most likely be the most exciting period of your early career. For many people, it’s their first real encounter with the business world. Here, you will learn the reality of it all. You will learn that offices are often not like in the movies. You will also be forced to learn to do many things you never even thought about.
If you keep your goals clear and remember what you want to achieve from your internship, it will be a great asset in your CV. Who knows, maybe you even continue working in the company full-time!
About the author: Jessica Fender is an educational blogger and content specialist at GetGoodGrade, a platform to help college students with their writing tasks and a contributor to BestWritingAdvisor. She enjoys sharing her knowledge with students of all ages and making learning easier for them.
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