You are in your final year of college and are almost on the verge of starting your career in your chosen profession. Years’ worth of education and all the hard work has brought you to the day when you can proudly start achieving greater heights. But, does the idea of an internship make you nervous? It is totally fine to be a little shaky, even if you have got all the small talks from family, friends and teachers, but, it isn’t about being nervous. It is more important to get yourself together and make the most out of the opportunity you’ve landed straight out of college. So we are going to talk about certain things which will help you make the most out of your internship.
1. Choose your interest, don’t stick to it.
While an internship sounds promising and adventurous, something we all need to accept is that in a well-established firm, you will still be treated as students. Keeping that in mind, it is also important to set your goals straight and rather than sticking to your chosen field of interest, be open to any task or opportunity that comes across because learning and experience is what you seek at this stage.
2. Punctuality and Discipline.
Having a good impression, not only your supervisor but your colleagues is equally important. An internship is as professional as a job and needs to be taken seriously. The first and the foremost rule of the corporal world is to be on time for everything. Your punctuality shows your seriousness and dedication to learn. If you want to leave a lasting impact on your seniors, showing your interest is very important. Treating everyone around you with respect and gestures like smiling often go a long way and leaves a lasting impression on the other person’s mind.
3. Presentation is important.
It is not only about your inner abilities but also about how you go about presenting yourself. Walking into the office smartly dressed not only gives the other person a good impression of you but even makes you feel comfortable about yourself. It is important to ditch the jeans and T-shirt and dress up formally to leave a lasting impression.
4. Adaptability and Flexibility are important.
When you go into a completely new environment, it is very important to understand how things work around the place and to be open to change. A transition from college to the corporate world can have drastic changes both emotionally and culturally, but it is very important to be flexible to things and to willingly accept the challenges as they come. It is not easy but if you are ready to adapt, it can go a long way.
5. Networking- Never miss an opportunity
Since you are new to the place, it is alright to talk to people and seek their help if needed. It is always encouraged to smile at the executive next to you or strike off a conversation with a manager you do not know. Not only during the internship, but these connections can build relations which can help you during tough times.