Whether or not you’re going to University, there may come a time where you will need to get an internship or take part in some form of work experience.
In the career I wish to pursue, experience is key. I was recently in an unpaid magazine internship for 3 months, but I genuinely learnt so much – so I thought I would share some first-hand tips on how to be successful in your work experience:
DO Ask Questions
Whether you have been there for a week or 2 months, you should never be afraid to ask if you’re not sure how to do something. This is your chance to learn. It is much better to ask and get it right than do everything wrong.
But DON’T Ask For Things to Do Every 5 Minutes
At the beginning of the internship, it can be easy to keep offering help for things all the time. But sometimes you need to use your initiative and think of a way to help out on your own. Ask questions when you aren’t sure, but asking too many over and over and over may become irritating.
DO Treat it Like a Job
If you don’t turn up on time, take multiple days off whenever you feel like it, and aren’t enthusiastic, then you might as well quit. Internships are great for gaining a great reference, experience, and enjoying your time there, so do what you’re there for, and do it well.
DON’T Bring the Wrong Mindset to Work
Even if a task you are assigned is quite boring, that doesn’t mean you have to have a face like thunder whilst completing the task. Smile, be polite, get the task done well and it will probably be appreciated a lot more – you might even be rewarded with better tasks in the future in return.
DO Make the Most of Your Experience
Placements give you a real insight into how the industry (whichever one you have chosen) works in the “real world”, so soak up as much info as you can. Make as many contacts as possible, and maintain a friendly relationship with the employers at the business/company you are interning for, for future references.
DO Treat it Like a Job
If you don’t turn up on time, take multiple days off whenever you feel like it, and aren’t enthusiastic, then you might as well quit. Internships are great for gaining a great reference, so do what you’re there for, and do it well.
(Featuring Miriam Salat ring in Featured Photograph)