Internship season is officially here. Whether you’re getting your hands-on experience at a bustling start-up or diving right in at a major corporation, you can bet this will be the experience of a lifetime.
So before you let your summer fly by, grab your notebook and get ready to set some goals. We’re letting you know what you should definitely work on.
1. Gain more professional connections.
We can’t stress this enough—the people you meet at your internship are important. Exchange contact info, connect on LinkedIn, and make sure you’re not saying goodbye for good when you walk out the door on your last day! These co-workers are your future references, mentors, and friends that can alert you to any new job opportunities. You wouldn’t wanna miss out on that, would you?
2. Develop skills you can add to your resume.
It’s definitely a big win if you can add at least one hard skill to your resume, such mastering a certain computer program, learning how to analyze data, or something else that’s measurable. As for your soft skills? Think of things like effective communication, your ability to work in a team, and your problem-solving skills.
3. Learn what you do and don’t like.
You’re not only at your internship to learn skills; you also want to learn about yourself! Sometimes you’ll find that you actually hate working on something you thought you’d enjoy, or you’ll realize there’s an aspect of your job you’d absolutely love to do more of! This will help you when you’re searching for future opportunities—you’ll know what kinds of job descriptions you’ll want to avoid, and vice versa.
4. Gain more confidence in a professional setting.
It’s easy to feel a bit sheepish as an intern, but this is your chance to gain confidence. If right now you shy away from things like sharing your opinions or speaking in front of large groups, make it a goal to conquer those fears by the end of your internship. It’ll do you good if you embrace opportunities that initially scare you!
5. Learn about your own working style.
Here’s another important chance to learn a thing or two about yourself. Are you most productive in the mornings? Maybe that means you should show up a bit early each day! Do you work best by collaborating with others? For your next opportunity, you can search for a role involving a lot of teamwork. It’ll be easier steering your career in the right direction once you’ve got your working style down pat.
What other goals are you setting for your internship? Let us know in the comments below!