‘Carpe Diem’, ‘Seize the day’, ‘Get out what you put in’…here’s just some of the inspirational sayings that could help you make the most of your internship.
With the rapidly growing demand on internship placements in recent years, and the importance of work experience on CVs, internships can offer invaluable nuggets of knowledge to those willing to learn.
Making the most of your internship may seem like an obvious piece of information; however, one might be asking the question ‘how’?
Remember the points below and you might just find yourself in demand…
Network – Talk, talk, talk! You never know who might tell you what. Take advantage of the fact that people have knowledge that they might be happy to share. You also never know what opportunities could come from talking to the right person. As the saying goes ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’.
Transferable skills – Everyday in your internship, you should be building up your skills. Not only are these going to be character building, but also great to transfer to any future job..hence the words ‘transferable skills’
Putting theory into practice – So not only have you read the books and got the t-shirt, now it’s time to take those theories that your university lecturer has been telling you about for the past 3 or 4 years and put them into practice. How very exciting.
Personal Development – keeping a note (not just on a post-it) of each piece of work you get involved with may work wonders for your personal development. You’ll give yourself the chance to reflect on what you have learnt and actually keep it on record to add to your CV at a later date.
Get mentored – If possible, see if you can get yourself a work mentor. By having someone to show you the ropes, you will be able to ask questions and perhaps even get involved in certain areas that you want to develop your skills in.
Reflect everyday – No we don’t mean look at yourself in the mirror each day (although appearance can be very important in certain companies to an extent!). At the end of each day, reflect on what you have learnt, what you did well, what you didn’t do well in and where could you improve. This way, you will be continuously working to be the best you can be.
Get involved – if your company offers you a chance to be on the charity football team, get involved! Of course if football isn’t your thing, then don’t! But get involved in as much as possible in your internship as it will make you feel like part of the team and may help to make you feel that you fit in.
CV – Finally, and most importantly, do not forget to update your CV will your latest showcase of skills. No doubt you will have a shiny, new, sparkling set of them by the end of your internship!