Getting an internship is the easy part; now it’s about proving why you deserve to be there. An internship is the ultimate sink or swim opportunity. Nestled neatly between study and a career, it involves applying the knowledge and skills you learned through a TAFE course, short course, or university degree to real life situations.
With the potential for a permanent opportunity ahead, an internship can carry a lot of pressure. There are a number of points you should focus on to ensure that you make the most out of your position. Read on to learn how to maximize your next internship.
1. Treat it like a job
Many interns take their placement as a breezy break from studying, when this is far from the case. You should treat your internship as a trial run for a new job. It’s only a short period of time, so there’s no excuse for turning up late, sloppy dressing, or underperforming. No one expects you to be perfect, or to never make mistakes, but you should come to work each day with a driven mindset and a smile on your face.
2. Go the extra mile
In a busy workplace, sometimes the intern’s duties can slide down the to-do list. The worst thing that you can do during your placement is to sit in a corner and twiddle your thumbs. If you haven’t been assigned a task, then talk to your supervisor to see if there is anything you can be doing.
Chat with your coworkers who look swamped, and offer to lend a hand. Ask your supervisor whether you can brush up on any reading or free resources on your own time that will help you perform better. No one is going to forget about the intern who helped solve a problem or contributed to a big project.
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