Long time no see everyone!
If you do not remember me, I am Nadia, the Worx graphic design intern from Spring 2012! I’m back to bring you a very special guest blog entry, because I have some rather exciting news. I am now a full time employee at wonderful Worx Branding & Advertising! I just couldn’t get enough of being inside these orange walls it seems. I was hired at the end of December, and am an official graphic designer - I couldn’t be happier.
[My business card! Although this picture is officially dated. I recently chopped my hair in to a pixie! Change is good!]
Now as much as I can go on about how thrilled I am to have gotten my dream job right out of college, I want to take this opportunity to give you all advice on how to be a rockin’ intern. It’s difficult to find a secure job right out of college, but I can assure you that your work ethic, drive and attitude will take you much further than you can ever imagine.
Here are my tips and tricks on how to make yourself stand out as an intern, no matter where you work! Better yet, take this advice and apply it to the real world, and you will be sure to snag that dream job!
1.) Take your internship seriously.
This may not be your official job, but you should treat it like one. Show up on time. If you have a deadline on a project, try your best to meet it. Collaborate with your colleagues. You may have the title “intern”, but that doesn’t mean you have to act like one! You were hired as their intern for a reason: because you show awesome potential. So don’t make your employer forget that, and own it!
2.) Pay attention and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Two words: Take notes. Get a notebook and write, write, write! I couldn’t be more serious. Ask as many questions as you need until you have a full understanding of the project. You will not come off as annoying, I promise.
3.) Do more than what is expected of you.
Don’t be afraid to make suggestions on assignments as you see fit. Your superior will appreciate the extra lengths you are taking, and this will make you stand out. Demonstrate what you know and how you can contribute.
4.) Make yourself constantly available, and make it clear you want to be there.
You should never, I repeat, NEVER sit around twiddling your thumbs waiting for an assignment to be handed to you. Take the initiative to ask for more projects; there shouldn’t be a time where you are sitting still. If it feels like every minute is slowly dragging by and you feel incredibly bored, then I have news for you: this isn’t the job for you. Also, if you ever have a chance to put in more hours than usual, take that opportunity! It makes it clear that you love your job.
5.) Get to know everyone, even if they aren’t in the same department.
Well this part is easy, just be friendly! Even if you don’t consider yourself the most outgoing person it’s great to get to know your fellow co-workers, even if they are working in a different part of the building. You want to leave a lasting impression with everyone.
And there you have it. If you are currently an intern at a job you love, or if you are currently searching for internships in your field, follow these handy tips and you will go far!