By Jim Bendoy
Chalk Campus Correspondent
Through our stay in our own respective universities, internship is definitely one of the programs every college student is waiting for – traveling, going to corporate places, and meeting new people are everything that the four walls of our classroom cannot offer.
Internship is undeniably one of the biggest milestones every college student has to make the fullest of. In every field or in every profession that you want to pursue once you are on your own, you can definitely use your experiences that you’ve gained from your internship.
Here, we listed five essential tips to prep you for your on-the-job training.
1. Make a good first impression.
As in any situation, first impressions truly last. You don’t want to give your bosses or your superiors a bad image of you on your first day right? Rules and strict policies will be surely oriented to you and you must follow them if you don’t want to see yourself on the edge of your seat when the evaluation starts. If you have to be at the office at 8:00 AM, be at the office at 8:00 AM or even earlier!
2. Always be active, alert, and available.
You may be assigned to a demanding supervisor or to one who will just let you do your own thing, but always remember that you should come up with your own ideas to contribute, offer your skills that are listed on your Curriculum Vitae, and finish your job passionately and accordingly.
Another thing, you don’t know when or where your supervisors might need you. Your team might be out for an ocular or for a shoot. So in order for you to always catch-up to the tasks or assignments given, be alert and available as much as possible. Always check your inbox!
3. You will definitely meet new faces.
While you are on your stay in the company, you’ll get to know a lot of people, workmates, and co-interns. You must know how to connect with them, know their interests, and even hobbies so that you can create a friendly environment within your cubicle. Also, if you happen to see them having trouble with a task, don’t hesitate to lend a hand and be a generous friend.
4. Stay on top of your deadlines.
In school, all of us were trained and practiced to beat or meet deadlines and due-dates for our projects or assignments to be submitted. That practice also exists in any company or corporation that are even more professional and challenging. To be ahead of time, have something that will always remind you about your pending article or a draft that needs to be passed tomorrow. A sticky-note would be a great help for you to always be reminded of the meeting schedule, the day when you should submit your artwork, or even postponements of events. Remember, being able to comply with requirements and deadlines is a sign of professionalism.
5. Look for a place where you can get affordable necessities.
Once you become an intern, it’s like you're already an employee of the company you’re in. Well, some companies give allowance to their interns but some don’t. It is important for you to look for a place where you can get your necessities like food, water, coffee, and the like. It is important to save your allowance and keep from spending so you can be out for a little celebration with your friends and who knows, maybe together with your co-interns! Roam around your workplace, search for a cool yet affordable coffee shop or a convenience store where you can grab your lunch or dinner. Scan the place, explore, and don’t forget to have fun!
6. You should always have a positive attitude.
Being in a big company might be nerve-wracking for some interns. There may be times you’ll meet big names in the industry you want to be in or even better work with them through the span of your training. These instances might stress you and give you hard time to finish your projects, and worse, your negative vibe might spread in the entire workplace. Even if you’re stressed-out, always smile and maintain a fun connection with your co-interns and bosses. Enjoy your stay and always ready yourself for endless surprises!
After you’ve rendered the designated hours you need to meet, you have to say goodbye to all the people you’ve met and to the place you have always dreamt of working at. Don’t forget that your internship is the biggest and realest training you will get which will give you a vast experience that will serve as your paddle when you are out in the big world.
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