Every college student wants to secure an internship opportunity at their dream companies. But have you ever thought of what after that? Suppose, all your hard work and preparations pay off, the lady luck shines on you and you secure an internship in one of the best organizations in your field. But, is that it? Were your efforts and hard work meant to last only for so long? Surely not, because the real hardships have just begun.
You have managed to clear the first hurdle but the race is still on. You now have to prove yourself as the best intern among the batch. It's not about being better than your peers but to be able to impress your employers and to grab your chance at the offer of a full-time job once your internship ends. There are a lot of things that you need to keep in mind and practice at your workplace in order to gain the title of the best intern. To assist you in your journey we have compiled a list of some important tips and tricks on how to be the best intern.
It is important to possess the 'Yes I Can' attitude and be willing to take up new projects. Remember that every new project you take up will teach you something new. Working on different projects over the course of your internship will help you broaden your skill set and understanding of various task performed in the workplace. It would also show the employers your willingness to learn and advance.
As an intern, you are not expected to know the full-functioning of things. Neither would you be expected to understand each and every task in a single explanation. Your employers are well aware of the fact that you are there to learn and understand the work. So, feel free to put up questions whenever you are unclear or confused about the task. Moreover, a lot of employers encourage interns to ask questions for it shows an interns willingness to learn. It shows that you are motivated and genuinely interested in carrying out your tasks.
To be noticed by your employer and stand out from your fellow interns it is important to show your commitment towards the work. It doesn't mean that you have to focus just on work and forget everything else. You can show your commitment even with small things like showing up to work on time. Finishing your tasks before the allotted time and coming up with interesting ideas and suggestions also helps show your commitment towards your work. Treat your internship like a real job. The company is spending its resources to train you the least they expect is that you take your work seriously.
One of the major steps towards having a successful internship is to find yourself a mentor. An employee who would support you, teach you work and show faith in your abilities. Someone who would push you and offer you opportunities to sharpen and showcase your skills. Finding for yourself a good mentor can help you ease into the professional life after college as you will have someone experienced to guide you through the hardships faced in the initial years of work life.
Workplaces are full of office politics and employees trying to outplay their fellow colleagues. As an intern it important that you stay clear of such office politics. Aligning yourself with a select group of employees and ignoring others can land you in a lot of potential problems. Remember you are there for a short period of time, even if you secure a full-time job later on it's best not to play favorites. You are still in the early years of your career with a lot to learn. To grow and enhance as a professional you need to indulge with as many people as you can at your place of work.
Another important trait of a good intern is to be always willing to take feedback. Never be afraid to ask for feedback from your seniors after completion of a particular task. It will show your employer your eagerness to learn and improve. Also, it will display your zeal to perform your best. Moreover, it will you understand your strengths and your weaknesses. And you can improve upon them during your time there.
Internships are the key to securing a full-time job at your dream organizations right after college. Making a good impression is important but it equally important to put in some extra efforts to stand out in the eyes of your employers. Leave a positive impression on your employers so as to get some excellent references. Most employers usually look for people with experience so even if your company doesn't offer full-time jobs to freshers you can easily get in some other good company with help of those references. Hence, it is important to be that best intern at your workplace. For more such articles on internships and other things about college life please visit, www.jagranjosh.com/college. Alternatively, you can also get such articles directly in your inbox by submitting your email id in the form given below.