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10 Tips for Interns to Kick-Start Your CareerCareer Development October 16, 2015
Securing an internship with a reputed company during your last year of graduation is positive as you make most of the experiences learnt from this first job. As you kick start your career, here are some tips to stay highly optimistic and positive during the downturns or few setbacks that you might face during your initial years of career.
- Do not worry about being shot down
Presuming you would be in highly enthused spirits, looking forward to express creative ideas to your employer during the initial months on a new job, do not fear rejection or disapprovals. Even if the idea might sound unrealistic for implementation and your boss might as well hate it, you still demonstrate interest and initiative.
This is a positive sign for the employer to retain you as a potential talent within the company. Everyone has ideas which get shot down sometimes, but this doesn’t mean you have to stop exploring or expressing yourself.
- Focus and find projects that you are passionate about
When you work as an intern, finding projects that you are passionate about could land you, your dream career and can turn out to be the most rewarding experience.
Going forward, post graduation when you look back on your recent achievement and state them to a potential new employer – you always have something to be proud about. The sense of satisfaction you derive by doing things you love the most, no amount of money can make up for this feeling.
- Do not shy away from new experiences
Always be willing to explore, learn and unlearn things as you seek new experiences in your career. Do not shy or fear to try, because with every initiative you take, you welcome a new learning in life.
The whole point of an internship is to gain real-world experience, so make the most of this opportunity to get hands-on experience onto new things that will groom you better for career advancement prospects.
- Contribute your ideas during meetings and speak up
As important as it is to be opinionated, so does workplaces demand you to speak up for what you think is right. Different thoughts when brainstormed result in productive outcomes and innovative concepts. So do not observe reluctance to express your ideas during meetings, by presuming that since you’re an intern your ideas will not be considered seriously or rejected. When you contribute your input is not just a value to your team, but the feedback you receive can be a learning experience.
- Study and understand usage of industry jargons
There will definitely be new industry jargons and abbreviations, your colleagues put to use while communicating at work. Try to get a grasp on idioms, phrases and context on which the sentence is spoken to understand usage of jargons at the right places. Despite trying if you still don’t get what it means, do not be shy or afraid to ask your colleagues/bosses at work.
- Build relationships
Develop positive workplace relationships with your bosses and colleagues. Since this is your first job, the relationships built and nurtured through time, can help you reap rich dividends in future. Connections are the key, when people get to know who you are and how you can help, your vision for the future, your goals and things you love doing help build connections. Even a smile as your co-workers pass by the hallway or “how are you?” pass, fosters relationships. Make every relationship count.
- Do not be afraid to ask questions
This is an advice for life, since we all keep learning throughout life from each other. Learning is a never ending exercise as long you have an open mind to explore new ideas, and embed new thoughts. So if you do not fully understand a situation or problem on hand, it is better to admit to your boss and ask questions to seek clarity of understanding. Focus on delving into the specifics of project, instead of accomplishing a task completely wrong, it is always advisable to ask before implementation.
- Be willing to help others
If you see your co-worker loaded with excess work, and you think you can help then always extend a helping hand to others. They will appreciate it, even if your co-worker might not seek your assistance, but they will definitely remember you cared to ask and share responsibilities. This is one of the great ways to learn about other departments in an organisation.
- Understand workplace culture and accept reality
As you find a place where you excel at work and experience job satisfaction, then this needs to be attributed to the environment in which you work. The workplace environment and culture should help you experience peace at mind to focus on your duties better. A collaborative and relaxed work culture will help bring out the best in you, since you enjoy the productive work hours.
- Enjoy the learning experiences as an Intern
As you deal with timelines, stress and welcome new opportunities to learn and grow if hired by the company as a full-time employee, most of it all do not forget to enjoy every moment of your workings during internship. It is possible to work hard and have fun at the same time.
Your attitude is the major determinant to the altitude of success you scale in life. Stay persistent of your doings, work hard and be proud of yourself and your job.
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