Turn An Internship Into A Job (part 2)
Don’t ask twice
Repeating is not for New York. In a crazy pace of the biggest metropolis in the world, people often have no time to have lunch, let alone repeat something to you. Try to listen very attentively and write everything down in details. Even if you forget something, you will always be able to take a look at your notes. I remember one time my supervisor asked me to scan and e-mail her some layouts for the issue of the magazine that was currently in works. Layouts were unmarked or marked incorrectly. I had only a fraction of time to remember the designated months of the layouts when she was quickly mumbling them to me. When I asked her to approve if I heard everything right, she looked at me very seriously and said, “That’s why I requested you to be attentive”. Pay attention and don’t ask twice.
Publishing is egoistical, exhausting and rough. All newbies are asked not to distract editors from what they are doing and not to start conversations with them. It goes to the extent that when an editor enters the restroom, you should leave. Don’t look them in the eyes and speak only when you’re spoken to. While it is important to be aware of these rules, you shouldn’t act like you’re no one. Internship provides a perfect opportunity to network and you should use it. Advising you to be more audacious, I mean that when appropriate, you should greet and smile to people who have positions that you are interested in.
Be a team player
Although interns usually work for free, they often form a specific hierarchy. Those, who became interns earlier, tend to instruct newer interns and feel like they’re superior. Don’t try to team up only with these “superior” interns. Network with all interns, because all connections are important and you never know which one will turn out to be more significant.
Do your research
We, Millenials, are being listened too, because most of the time we have a fresh perspective on things. That’s why you should always have an opened mind, follow the news and be up to speed with all actual events. Chances are that your employer will be interested in your opinion. Are you ready to provide one? Start your morning with top social media trends, fresh news from the web and, maybe, even newspapers. Your thoughts and voice will always be valued, that’s why you should be ready to speak at any given time.
Probably one of the most important things that I have learned while being an Intern is that successful ones always have the boldness to ask for what they want. Your internship may become a real challenge if you will need to work for some serious people, “the devils” of the industry. Be fearless, because this may be your chance to get a job that all girls dream about. More importantly, it’s your chance to show the best of your potential. Don’t waste it.