If you have read my article titled How to Get an Internship of your Choice? and have successfully grabbed yourself your dream internship , this article would help you with getting through your internship days.
Internship is a stepping stone for a full-time employment opportunity. And once you have grabbed that dream internship, it’s very important to make a solid impression on the first day itself. An internship would enable you to gain skills in your field of interest, boost your resume and build a network with people working in your field. If everything works out well, your employer might offer you a full-time job or give you an amazing reference when you need it!
I have put together a few words of advice for your new internship this season so that you can make the most of this opportunity:
- Be on time – The most important quality that employers expect from their employees is punctuality. If you give the impression of always being punctual to work, you will always be considered an asset to the company. Especially on the first day of the internship, arrive 10 minutes earlier as this would allow you to get acquainted with the work and would leave a strong impression on your manager.
- Come Prepared – Work before you actually start working. I mean research additional information about the company, the industry, current market scenario, industry jargons, your boss and if possible, about the people you would be working with, as this would make you feel comfortable from the beginning.
- Treat it like a proper job – Even if you are an intern, your work would still have an impact on the company’s business; so, make sure it’s positive. Do the work as if you have been hired as a permanent employee.
- Work with an open mind – Don’t restrict yourself with the work mentioned in the job description during the time you were hired. Explore as many possibilities as possible, as this is your time to learn and know where your interest lies.
- Ask questions – Don’t be embarrassed to ask questions even if you are the only one who didn’t understand a particular task among others. Remember, asking questions increases possibilities of getting to know more information about a particular task. It also shows that you are willing to learn and have a genuine interest in your job.
- Pen and Paper handy – Always take notes of whatever new you hear at work. Keeping a notebook handy also leaves a good impression on managers. Moreover, you can refer to this notebook whenever you forget about some concept or information shared by your manager with you.
- Take initiative – There might arise a situation at work where there’s requirement for volunteers for a particular project or your inclusion in a discussion for your opinion. Always take initiative and get yourself noticed.
- Network – This is the best time to start networking. Always wish your peers when you arrive at work and before you leave office. Learn their names, job roles and start building a relationship with them. You never know who you could possibly meet again in future in the role of a superior or co-worker.
- No Facebook, Twitter please – Stay away from social media as much as possible, unless your job description involves these platforms. Leave social media for the break time. Remember, the manager notices everything; and this might make your image negative in his eyes, so, focus on why you are there!
- Ask for feedback regularly – Ask for your progress report on a regular basis from your manager. This habit would enable you to work consistently and would also signal the manager, that you are an ardent learner, and do whatever it takes to do your work efficiently and effectively.