12 Things I Learned in 12 Weeks this Summer
This summer, I had the amazing experience to not only work at one, but two different places and be paid! I had a lot of fun this year and I wanted to share some of the great advice my mentor and different managers gave to me throughout my internship. Here are twelve pieces of advice I learned during the twelve weeks I spent in both San Francisco and London:
- It's better to be over prepared than underprepared for meetings and events.
- Ask questions to clarify information so that you don't make mistakes
- Pay attention to what's going on around you - even if you aren't sure if something applies to you or is important for you to know.
- Finding your niche is important but don't just do one thing. Become known for something specific, but also branch out enough that you have enough visibility throughout your career.
- It's okay to make mistakes, but you should learn how not to repeat the same ones after.
- Sometimes you may not get along with someone and that's okay, but you can learn to work around it and get what you need to get done done in time.
- Time differences mean that sometimes you are working from 6am to 12am in meetings with people in San Francisco and Singapore when you are in London - drink coffee to keep up and make sure you know how to take notes that you can read them later on.
- The IT desk is not always reliable (or open) when you need them to be, so be prepared for things to go wrong and not be fixed for a few days.
- Take breaks throughout the day and walk around, it helps avoid getting stuck in a rut.
- Get to know the people you work with (both other interns and full time employees), and don't isolate yourself to just your team.
- Diversify what you are working on, try to collaborate with other teams, take advantage of resources your company offers and other tasks to branch out your experience.
- Sometimes you won't get anything done in a meeting and that's okay, follow up emails are your best friends.
I learned a lot more (both personally and professionally) during my internship this summer, and I am incredibly grateful my team took a chance to send me to London to work with the European team. What did you learn during your internships this summer? Let me know your favorite thing in the comments!