As mentioned in one of my blog posts last month, I am now interning at a renowned company here and I have been meaning to update you on how it has been going. Things have been going great, though a tad bit slow. I guess that is what is commonly expected in the first few days of your internship. Now that I have been interning for a few days, I thought it would be helpful to share a few tips with those applying for or starting an internship.
I know. Cliché, right? But just as important. It is vital to handle all the tasks you are assigned with a motivated and positive mind. It is understandable that a lot of your tasks initially will involve reading, going through files, making entries. For example, a lot of my work right now involves Excel spreadsheets and entering data. It may not seem easy but these are fundamental building blocks. Completing these tasks successfully and proving yourself to your boss increases your chances of getting more interesting assignments the next time.
The whole purpose of an internship is to learn. And you learn when you pay attention. It is important to always listen to your boss carefully. Make notes as often as you can. You’ll be surprised by how handy they may come on your next task. Watch how the people around you work. On the other hand, it is just as essential to speak yourself. This is the perfect time to ask questions and clear your doubts. Most of the time, interns are afraid to ask because they fear their questions may be too petty. However, it is better to ask a petty question rather than make a petty mistake. This your chance to put yourself out there.
c) Keep in touch
To those nearing the end of their internship, make sure to keep in touch with your employer after. Drop in an email or two every few months and ask how their work is going. You could also update them briefly on how life is going for you. Your past employers serve as great referees and help build your contacts. It is too early for me to follow this tip since it has just been a week into my internship but this a tried and tested tip on when I work different jobs with Unitemps. It always proves a success.
Your internship is a fantastic opportunity for you to build on your skills, learn, make contacts and hopefully prepare yourself well for a full-time job. Make the most of it. All the best! If you are interning currently or will be starting an internship soon and have a few tips yourself, share them in the comment section below!
Peace out! 🙂