Work experience is an excellent way to gain important skills to build a solid foundation for your future career.
Whether you're undergoing industrial training or an internship, it's crucial to put the time and opportunity to good use. Step up to the challenge with these tips.
Enjoy Your Work
Your enthusiasm when tackling any task – whether it is making coffee or taking charge of a project – will certainly rub off on your colleagues and get the attention of your superiors. This encourages them to involve you in more activities.
Stay Focused and Determined
Feeling a little jaded by mundane routines? Set clear goals to keep yourself on track. If you find that you are not learning enough, don’t be shy to ask for more responsibilities.
You may sometimes end up with a busy superior and too much free time on your hands. So try asking for more work and permission to participate in meetings and brainstorming sessions. Also, look out for work-related short courses, workshops, seminars or events that you can attend in your free time.
Ask and Listen
As a newbie, you are not expected to know everything so don’t be afraid to ask questions! Not only does it show your desire to learn, it will help clarify any confusion you may face. Also, listen carefully when your supervisors are giving you instructions and advice so you will have a clear idea of what is expected of you.
Maintain good ties with your colleagues and superiors during and after your stint – you’ll never know when you’ll need them in the future. People are usually happy to help a friend and your work contacts will certainly come in handy when you need advice or a job recommendation.
Conduct yourself professionally at all times. This includes showing up on time, dressing appropriately, staying out of office politics and being courteous at all times. If you are able to act like you belong at the workplace and are able to perform well, there is no reason why they wouldn’t want to have you back as a full-timer.