Congratulations on getting the internship of your dreams! It’s now time to get ready for the big day. You are not alone if your first day on the job seems frightening and stressful. Here are some helpful hints to help you get things off to a good start and leave a lasting impression.
Believe in Yourself
Even if you’re apprehensive, walk into that interview or the first day of your new internship with your head held high. In fact, on your first day, you will most likely be worried. Have you ever heard the expression “fake it ’til you make it”? Confidence is an attitude and a mindset that you build through time in practically any scenario, not just your work.
“Confidence” is defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “a feeling or conviction that you can do something well or succeed at something.” Even if you’re apprehensive, raise your head a little higher and grin big; you’ll start to feel more confident every day.
Take Notes in An Organized Manner
Make a folder called “HR Documents” on your desktop before you start your internship. This folder will keep every form that HR offers you on your first day, so you may go to it three months later if you have a query about a certain issue. Carry a notepad with you to every meeting and at your desk in addition to a folder. You never know when you’ll need to jot down anything.
Do Your Homework
Even if you did significant study about the industry, the firm, and its culture before your interview, it’s critical to have as much up-to-date knowledge as possible before starting your internship. To put it another way, you should conduct further study. Get as much information as you can from the company’s website and social media outlets, as well as current news headlines and potentially even user or customer reviews and comments. The more you know before you start, the simpler it will be to adjust to your new job.
Come in With Questions
An internship is a great way to learn and discover what you’re passionate about as well as what doesn’t. You should be inquisitive and involved as an intern, but you shouldn’t expect to have a lot of expertise or experience, so think about what you’d like to learn more about. Ask some of those questions on your first day. An internship is what you make it, and in order for it to be as effective as possible, you should express any issues or questions you may have up front, as well as consider expressing any suggestions you may have.
Practice Your Commute
You’ll feel less worried on your first day if you conduct a trial run of your internship commute ahead of time. Whether you’re driving, walking, or using public transportation, you won’t be as concerned about getting lost. Try it on a weekday around the time you’ll be leaving for work to see how traffic will be and if you’ll encounter any additional problems. Nothing is more frustrating than arriving late on your first day because you couldn’t find your way there.
In general, this generation is looking for meaning in their job, as well as a good work-life balance, independence, and flexibility. Your first internship may set you up for success, pave the way for your career, and teach you valuable life skills.