10 THINGS I LEARN FROM INTERNSHIP

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I am finally out of school, and has started internship for almost a month. Internship was something very much look forward to because this is the only time to find out my interest, and learn from 'experts'. I knew nothing about public relations, I have not particularly worked in a public relations sector and its perfectly normal to not know the protocol of the department. I took about 3 weeks to actually settle in, and how I wish I was told by someone before my internship starts.

For anyone who might start their first internship sometime soon, you could very well consider the list below to lessen the 'trouble' you might make. 


1. ALWAYS ON TIME.
Definitely a basic rule that you would have heard probably 10 thousand times, however, its a important basic rule that you must obey during internship. When you are in school, being late for 1-2minutes seems does not seems like a big deal. Punctuality is not a bonus in workplace, its a definite. Map your route and try it out before your first day of work. Be early on the first day of work, probably 5-10 minutes earlier. Not just being punctual for work, even for meetings and for the work that your supervisor has entitled you. It shows that you are reliable and they can trust you with work. 

2. DOUBT? ASK. 
Is okay to ask silly questions during internship. Remember that you are there to learn. If you are unsure of what your supervisor or colleagues wants from you, don't shut your mouth and do the way you think its correct. Half the time you realised, you are not on the right track. Or worst, the creating more trouble for others! 

3. PERSONAL SIGN OFF.
Emails. You will have tonnes of emails to reply, and wasting your time off writing those parting phrases when you can spend more time on your assignment. Well, nowadays email services provides this personal sign off. Like Microsoft user, you can go to: 

Setting > Options > Writing Email > Formatting, font and signature.   

You will be directed to a page where you can add your personal signature at the bottom of the email. Gmail users, fret not, click on this link to find out how! 

4.  YOU ARE NOT JUST AN INTERN.
Even though you bear the title of intern, you worth more than the title 'just an intern'. You who was chosen by the company out of zillion candidate, you belongs to the company, you are just like any other colleagues. So hold up that title, even if you are an intern, show your confidence that you can work as well as your other colleagues despite the fact that you are 'just an intern'. That irony.

5. REPLY TO YOUR EMAILS! 
More than 90% of the time, you receive your work via emails. 80% of the time, the person who sent you email will get annoyed if you did not reply them after 5 mins. Don't hold your colleagues or supervisor up when it comes to work, be sure to reply them as soon as you see any emails coming in.

Other than replying to emails, update the person who task you assignment about your status. Give them a rough idea of when they can get them back. Give assurance.


6. NEAT & TIDY.
Who doesn't like neat and tidy working environment? I love it. Making sure your table, documents, attire is tidy, give a more reliable look. The one who receives your work would be more than happy to look through it than the messy and unorganised ones.

7. LISTEN TO FEEDBACKS.
Without getting feedbacks, you might fall into the same mistake again. Or you can think of ways to make the things you have been doing more effective! Feedbacks are awesome, cos that's how we learn.

8. TAKING INITIATIVE.
Yes, show that you are enthusiastic about the position you are in. Yes, show that you are eager to learn. Put your hands up and politely ask if anyone needs help. Take the opportunity to learn outside your tasks.



9. REMEMBER NAMES.
Other than the usual desk jobs that you have been assigned to, you might need to run around the office to retrieve or hand certain documents. Not being able to remember names is going to put you in deep trouble. Not just the name, the name has to match the face. You not only get to know people from your department but also out of your department, and that's how you broaden your network.

10. TAKE NOTES.
Tasks can be coming from different colleagues and working on different aspects. Sometimes, they could have just blurted right in your face while you are working on something else. The moment you completed what you have done, you would have forgotten what he has blurted on you. 


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