I’ve been gone for a hot minute, I know. The month of may was one of the busiest ever for me — I finished up my last college course ever, stopped working retail, and was in training at my internship for my new position that I started June 1st! I’ve been putting off sharing the news on this platform in hopes of settling in a bit before talking too much about it, and I finally feel like I’m starting to get the swing of things in the new position that I have.
I know it can be discouraging interning for a company (especially post grad like me!) and not knowing if it will turn into something more permanent, so I wanted to take the time to share some of the ways I was able to get ahead of the pack and be in a really good position for making my dream career a reality!
Be up for anything.
As an intern, you never really know what is going to get thrown your way. I work for a very small company with less than 10 employees, so my daily tasks varied greatly (and even still do post-promotion). I tried to be enthusiastic with every task I was given the responsibility for, from something as mundane as taking out the trash and shredding a lot of old contracts, to some of the more exciting things like helping to name new product and assisting with styling for a photo shoot. Do the dirty work without complaints and it will be appreciated by the people you work with.
Especially at a small company, flexibility is really important. You could go into work one day knowing that you have something to work on that you will really enjoy, but something really urgent can come up at seconds notice and require all of your attention. Roll with the punches, and put the needs of the company over what you’re excited to be doing.
This can go against my first two points, but it’s an important one. If you’re working on something that’s going to take you until you’re done for the day, and then someone else gives you another task, let them know you won’t be able to complete it (unless it is one of the urgent things that I wrote about above). It doesn’t have to be a big deal, and you can just let them know that you’re working on something that will take you the rest of your shift that day but you’re happy to get started on it the next time you’re in. Not only will it make your job less stressful, it also won’t give them unrealistic expectations of when you’ll be able to complete the task which they will appreciate. But most importantly, make a note of what they need you to do and complete it next time you’re in!
Give every sector of the business a chance.
I had a lot of experience in the apparel industry as a buyer at a recycled clothing store, and had a background in media studies through my degree, so I went into my internship thinking I was going to be very useful for things like social media content and styling for shoots. I was hoping to be offered a position in marketing or public relations after interning for six months or so. Well, my boss saw my strengths more on the business side (as well as the company’s needs for more employees) and I was offered a full time position as a sales support coordinator (after only interning 20 hours per week or less for only 4 months). I still don’t know if that’s what I really want to do long term, but it’s been an amazing opportunity to learn more about a side of the fashion industry that I had never really been given a chance to explore.
That’s the basics of how I turned my internship into a full time job! Any other tips? Let me know in the comments below!