With college graduation season just around the corner, I wanted to share some advice and lessons I learned from my internship at TEPSBEST that I plan on taking with me in my future career.
Being an intern is a way to test the waters of the field you want to work in. Over the course of a semester, you learn through a lot of hands-on experience and connecting with professionals in the industry. But once that semester is over, what happens next?
Here are 5 lessons I learned during my internship experience at TEPSBEST.
Work Hard No Matter What
It can be tough to be an intern. But, if you show that you’re willing to do anything, that will get recognized. You should always work hard, even on the smallest, most unimportant tasks. This is because when you build a good work ethic, your managers will notice that effort. You only get a short time to make a lasting impression, so make it count.
Communication is Key
Easily, the most valuable skill you can take away from an internship is the ability to speak with someone in a professional setting. Every situation has a different way to go about it. You wouldn’t talk to your boss, clients, or even co-workers the same way you talk to your friends. That being said always ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback or advice; you never know what you may learn.
Double Check Your Work
Always review your work. I repeat, always review your work. The littlest mistake can be overlooked. It is your job to make sure your work is beyond perfect. Always check for spelling mistakes and simple typos.
Criticism is just as scary as it is beneficial. When you walk into critiques for classes, you’re not too worried about it. But, when you get in front of your boss and they critique just one thing, you feel like the world is going to end. Turns out the world will keep spinning. Not to mention, you will benefit immensely from that criticism. Being evaluated only helps you grow as a professional. Just remind yourself, it’s not personal.
There’s Plenty to Learn
As much knowledge as you think you walked away from college with, there is so much more to learn. This is the time to test out all the skills you know and see how they work in the real world, plus build skills you didn’t even know you had.
Beyond just getting the in-field experience credit, internships are a huge opportunity to learn and grow. If you or someone you know is searching for internships, look no further than hustling with the BEST. Submit your resume and work samples to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to land an interview!