Are you in shape for the Olympics?
Ok probably not (most of us aren’t). However, the Olympics, just like finding a good internship, are all about preparation. Depending on the sport, Olympians train on the average 7 hours per day. Although that is an extremely long time to do cardio, that is also how long students spend in the classroom each day. While years of training may be tedious, the benefits can be golden. Want to get in shape to win the gold in interning? Try these tips:
The Opening Ceremony: Making the Perfect First Impression
Just as the Olympics opening ceremony sets the stage for what is to come, so does your first impression. From the first email and interview, to the first day on the job, you are creating an impression for those you work for. Make the best possible impression by being proactive: Email your employer saying you look forward to meeting with them, follow them on Twitter, and retweet creative content they post. During your internship, arrive early and dress appropriately. Steps like these will start your journey of 1,000 meters on the right foot.
Diving: Jump In Head First
Take a deep breath and “dive” in. When employers ask you to complete a task, it isn’t only because it will be a great piece for your portfolio, but because it is beneficial to the company. Don’t waste time refreshing social media sites—instead dive-in immediately and do each project with gusto.
Gymnastics: “Vault” Yourself to Success
Call on your inner Shawn Johnson and be prepared to “vault” yourself to new heights. On the first day of the job you will be discombobulated by all the tasks being thrown your way. Although the items on your to-do list may look impossible to master, with time, patience, and good coaching you will soon be able to complete each item with ease. Taking notes and asking questions will keep you from injury and earn you a perfect 10 on assignments.
Badminton: Sharpen Fine Skills
Badminton isn’t the only thing that will sharpen your reflexes; use the time at your internship to strengthen your writing skills. Pay attention to the feedback you receive. Keep a running list of any edits that are made—this keeps you from continually making the same errors and shows your boss that you care. Also brushing up on AP style rules will “carry” you far.
Synchronized Swimming: Be a Team Player
Everyone likes a team player. As an intern it can be hard to find your place in the new work environment. However, you and the employer will benefit the most if you are willing to step out of your comfort zone and offer up unique ideas.
Weightlifting: Manage the Weight on Your Shoulders
An internship will teach you how to balance multiple things at once. While constantly being given additional tasks, it is important to find balance with so much weight on your shoulders. By mastering balance, you will be able to get more completed—and beef up your portfolio.
While there are 26,513 athletes completing in the 2012 Olympics, there are a lot more students competing for internships and jobs. With ample preparation, hard work, and a blister or two (from writing so many thank you notes) you will be prepared to win the gold.