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10/08/20 at 2:26PM UTC
I am a 15 year old girl, and I have been part of a few internships but still haven't got the hang of it. Any tips for me from strong and independent women like yourself?
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10/09/20 at 2:56AM UTC
Thank you so much for that detailed explanation you have no idea how much that helped! N.
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10/08/20 at 5:01PM UTC
At such a young age, focus on getting a terrific education, excellent grades in school, studying well in are of great interest. Participate in community service if interested in that, and take on leadership roles in professional clubs or organizations where possible. This will add more opportunity in the future for industry related employment, internships and full-time. Regarding internships...today, it is difficult for employers to fund internships. Hiring managers have clearly thought out why they need an intern and what they expect that intern to do for them. At the start: 1. Jointly define & understand the 3 key areas this internship provides value to the company. 2. Set goals with the hiring manager, note key milestones that need to be achieved to track progress. 3. Jointly set expectations correctly right from the start. A tip, if you are not reading up on world issues, different industries, different companies/products and the different job career choices, you are missing out on an opportunity to really add value as an intern. Companies look to interns for great new ideas, creativity, exciting new input. Goal should be on any internship: get glowing reviews at the end for a job well done by being a source of great information, creativity, insight, innovation, being a super contributor. Also key to know, some internships just don't work out because it was a wrong fit. As a young intern... still learning... exploring different internship options helps to more quickly find what really does align well with personal skillsets and passion, so no worries. Internships can teach one a lot about what really is of interest and what is not. You are showing leadership already by asking for input on your internship decision making experience. You are destined to be successful if you continue to explore opportunities and are willing to learn from a few interesting patches we refer to as "great learning experiences" along the way. Suggest reflecting on the past experiences...and make a list of what was great and what wasn't... it will be easier the next time. Aligning well with what motivates, interests you will make for a much more enjoyable internship experience in the future. And remember an internship is a two-way street, so always good to check with the hiring manager that you are interpreting results correctly along the way. As you may have thought an internship went just okay, but the hiring manager was actually very thrilled with your performance. Always make sure you do get that feedback as sometimes they gladly will write a very nice letter of recommendation at the conclusion of an internship (if unable to hire full-time employee after the conclusion of the internship) Enjoy the process to becoming a great leader as you are already well on your way! Very few do internships at such a young age so we can tell you are very self-driven individual already, a very good quality for leadership! Enjoy your journey!
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10/08/20 at 3:35PM UTC
I commend you for diving into an internship at 15; that in and of itself shows your ambition. While internships are an excellent way to get a feel for a particular company and industry, they can also be a way to gain insight on where and what we don't want to do for a life career, which may be why you feel a bit of a struggle. Don't put pressure on yourself to have an internship to define your worth for future employment. If the internship is not a long-term fit, identify your takeaways and bring those to the next opportunity. I always like to keep a journal and reflect on it at a later time. Lists the pros and cons of each opportunity. You may surprise yourself on how much more capable you are, but will only see it at a later time, with a bit of perspective.
10/09/20 at 2:54AM UTC
Thank you so much for that tip, I will surely start journaling my experiences. N.
10/08/20 at 3:22PM UTC
I'd love to give you some tips, what do you feel like you're struggling with or trying to work through?
10/09/20 at 1:23AM UTC
Thanks for taking interest ma'am, but I am facing a few glitches here and there as I am able to get into a few I apply and I wish to know as to must I be professional or be Informal and things related to how can I maximize my efficiency at this age
10/09/20 at 1:21PM UTC
It's always a good idea to be as formal as you can at the beginning of a work relationship (especially when you're young because people make silly assumptions about young people sometimes) and then as you get to know people relax a little but while also keeping in mind that just because you're friendly with people at work doesn't mean that you are necessary friends with the people you work with. Always re-read an email or a text or ping before sending it to a co-worker. Try making a a to-do list and put the things that will take the least time at top, the success of crossing off multiple things will sustain you through projects that will take a longer time to complete.
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