Congratulations! You’ve been accepted for an internship in a company you really like. It seems like a dream come true and you couldn’t be more proud of yourself. But after this boost of self-esteem and excitement, questions and fears begin to lump together. “I have no idea what to do next!”, “Will I be prepared for the job?”, “Will there be a chance to be hired afterwards?”. Before you get a really nasty headache, let us be your aspirin. To take in five small doses:
1. Don’t be extremely demanding of yourself
This may be your first job and you want give your best, it’s understandable. However, you should try to pace yourself. Combine the energy boost coming from motivation with the right dose of prudence. Hard work shouldn’t mean skipping meals or sleeping few hours. Be demanding of yourself but realistic about your current skills and abilities. And remember the saying, “don’t compare your beginning with someone else’s middle”.
2. Follow the company rules
Respect the company rules regarding dress code, breaks, work entry/exit times, etc. You may feel like you’re acting like a naive newbie, while others continuously subvert these rules. But, remember, confidence is hard to get and only when you’ve gained the trust of your managers and coworkers, you may be able to break some rules.
3. Don’t waste your time
One of the most common complaints from interns is the lack of work. Bear in mind that, ultimately, you are the main responsible for making your internship a rewarding experience. If you’re done with your daily tasks, be proactive and ask your managers for more. Also, try to learn as much as you can about your company (structure, history, departments, functioning) or about your field, by reading articles and researching competitors.
4. Leave your footprint
Your internship may last a few weeks or months so make the most of that time to leave a good impression. Wise interns know that having a good relationships with your colleagues can be seeds for future job opportunities, not only in this company but in your field. So try to make good contacts and don’t be afraid to ask for advice on the labour market or for future recommendations.
5. Do not fear mistakes
We are all afraid of making mistakes on our first job. Don’t let fear paralyze you. Embrace failure, be self-indulgent, apologize and learn from it.
And, above all, enjoy your internship!
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