If you’ve given up an entire season of summer frolicking like I have, chances are you’re analyzing the ROI on sacrificing lazy days in bed (with Hulu and Bachelor Pad) for a five day a week internship.
Spending hours stuffing envelopes or days spent with data entry may seem futile at first, but there what you gain from the experience goes beyond those everyday mundane tasks.
- Future Business Contacts: There’s a reason I have this up as #1. In this business, in any business, who you know can be a whole lot more powerful than any degree. Anyone you can ever meet can be a future client, business partner, stalker or investor, but the people who are aware of your work ethic are more likely to help you out in the future, especially if you need recommendations for a job. Sure, the nice guy you flirted with at the bar who tells you he’s a venture capitalist could help set up your small business, but would you like to make that “hey, this is the girl you took lemon shots with” phone call to arrange a professional meeting?
- Staying Productive: Remember that time you first joined the gym and went every single day until you took a carb fest break and never looked back? Yeah, me too. Spending the entire school break without stimulating projects and priorities means going back to school will be that much harder of an adjustment. Staying focused keeps your mind in shape and building on your resume doesn’t hurt either.
- You Actually Learn Something:…even when you don’t realize it. I hear all too often that fellow interns feel like they are still firmly placed in square 1 after the internship is over. Not everyone gets lucky with a boss who will take time out of their busy day to show you the ropes and have your best interest when it comes to broadening your skills. Unfortunately, all too often, companies seek interns on the premise that, well, free labor! Though no one is holding your hand showing you the ins and outs of your company, note that you’re learning the terminology of the business, how to be prepared for meetings, and what superiors expect in a professional environment. Create your own learning experience. There is no such thing as an internship gone to waste
Cheers to Fall Semester!
I’m having a hard time disassociating MSGM from the sartorial choices of the blogging world, since the label is donned by anyone you can find on Bloglovin’. The Italian fashion label embodies everything there is to love about couture in one collection…as told by me. They’re keeping mixed-print florals fresh and pussy-bows abreast (dear lord, excuse my language), with pre-fall 2012. How I’ve longed these past three scorching months the days of long sleeves, layering, and cozy knits. I’ll gladly trade in summer’s BBQs for this fall wardrobe.