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Steps to Learn and Grow From Your Internship

An internship is all about getting experience and making relationships that can aid you in achieving your long-term professional objectives. In this edition of Blend Blogs, we will look at ten steps to help you get the most out of your internship:

1. Establish explicit internship objectives

It’s critical to understand what’s expected of you in any employment, and your internship will be no exception. Setting explicit goals with your company will give your internship direction and significance while minimizing unneeded irritation and disagreement.

2. Always follow-through

Always fulfill tasks that have been allocated to you or that you have agreed to perform. If you don’t think you’ll be able to keep your promises, let your boss know. Explain why and what you plan to do next. Learning how to prioritize and assign shared duties will help you avoid under-delivering. You will gradually build a reputation for dependability by fulfilling your given and agreed to responsibilities.

3. Own mistakes and fix them

It’s okay if you make errors throughout your internship. Making errors is an inevitable part of the learning process. Accepting responsibility when things don’t go as planned is crucial. Taking responsibility and outlining potential solutions will lead to a quicker conclusion and allow others to regard you as a leader.

4. Make new acquaintances

Your internship is a fantastic way to begin networking. After all, the individuals you meet in this context might become lifelong friends, business contacts, and potential mentors. It’s not easy to strike up a conversation with strangers, but several basic icebreakers might help you get started.

Here are a few illustrations.

  • Did you participate in an internship when you initially began your career?
  • What was one of the most essential lessons you took away from this experience?
  • What do you think about today that you didn’t think about previously in your career?
  • What’s the finest piece of advice you’ve ever gotten, or wish you’d had when you first started your career?
  • What talents do you believe will be most useful in this industry in the coming decade?

5. Look for a mentor

You may be appointed a mentor in some internship arrangements. In other cases, you may have to find one on your own. In these situations, it’s best to just ask someone to be your mentor, saying something along the lines of, “I’m eager to learn as much as possible during my internship.” It would be really helpful if you could provide some feedback. Is it possible for you to act as a mentor at this time?”
 
You should choose someone you admire and who possesses the talents and characteristics you desire to acquire. Maybe there’s someone with a job title you’d like to have one day. If they agree, you can meet with them regularly to catch up and ask questions.

6. Practice collaborating with others

Collaborating well is a crucial ability that can benefit you in any job. It entails setting clear expectations, actively listening, and speaking properly. Look for opportunities to practice teamwork throughout your internship.

7. Seek out growth opportunities

Onboarding and training sessions may be included in your first few days and weeks. Use any training time available to ask questions and acquire new skills. Find new sources of learning on your own if there isn’t any official training. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn how a company operates from the inside out. Approach each hour of the working day with passion and interest to get the most out of your internship.

8. Keep a journal to track experience

Make a practice of writing in a diary throughout your internship to help you remember ideas, lessons learned, and successes.
 
You’ll want to keep note of the specifics of your achievements, particularly any measurements and data that might help you quantify your success. These notes, whether taken daily or weekly, can come in handy when it comes time to update your resume after your internship or ask your employer to serve as a professional reference.

9. Build a positive outlook throughout

You’ll be learning a lot of new skills, navigating a new hierarchy, and stretching in all the ways that promote personal and professional growth throughout your internship. At some moment or another, each of these is likely to cause tension and self-doubt.
 
Identify techniques to cultivate positive thinking to counterbalance the uncertainty. If you’re keeping a notebook, keep track of both the highs and lows. Gratitude may be practiced by identifying the causes for positive occurrences. When things don’t go as planned, be kind to yourself and find meaningful methods to thank yourself for hard work well done.

10. Stay in touch

As your internship ends, send personalized thank you notes or emails to the people you’ve worked with. Mention projects you worked on together, express your gratitude for any guidance they provided, and give them your personal contact information. You may want to send regular updates to the people you worked with closely. 
 
If you see a new job at the company that interests you, reach out to your contacts before you apply. They may be able to refer you to the position or give you insights to help tailor your application.

Conclusion:

It takes a lot of effort and planning to land an internship, so take some time to celebrate your success once you’ve landed one. The months ahead are jam-packed with possibilities.
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John Xavier

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