As you’ve read in some of our previous blogs, internships are excellent opportunities to shape your career and expand your network. And, seeing an internship as a step on the ladder to success is the best way to turn those experiences into potential offers. If your current internship is soon coming to an end, take a look at these six tips and learn how to turn the end of an opportunity into the beginning of a new one!
Go the Extra Mile
Completing the tasks you’re assigned in an efficient manner is a great way to demonstrate professionalism. However, if you want your relationship with the company to be long-lasting, it is essential to show your engagement by going the extra mile. If you ask for feedback, stay an hour longer or volunteer to do something no one else wants to do, your bosses will see how serious you are about your career.
Ask, Ask, Ask
Even though you want to demonstrate your knowledge, internships are also learning opportunities that will remain with you forever. To learn as much as possible, don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to feel comfortable. This is your chance to truly understand what is expected of you in the industry.
If you become a part of a big company or organization, it can be challenging to talk to everyone who works there. However, getting out of your comfort zone is a great way to practice your networking skills and learn about other professionals. Remember that by simply introducing yourself and exchanging a couple words, you are building a professional relationship that could benefit you in the future.
If you think that being at the right place at the right time will land you a job, you might want to reconsider. In order to learn about opportunities and opening positions, you must do research and be aware of potential jobs that could benefit your career. If you are pleased with the company where you are interning, ask about future options and other ways in which you can grow professionally.
Being too afraid to make mistakes can be an issue when this starts preventing you from being creative and thinking outside the box. It is important to keep in mind that mistakes are learning opportunities and everyone makes them. Just learn from them and don’t continue to make the same mistakes.
Once your internship comes to an end, follow up with your boss and whomever else you met during your time at the company. By doing this, you’ll make sure that they keep you in mind for future job openings or events that could help you network.
At South College we offer our students learning opportunities that will help them gain hands-on experience and knowledge. To learn more about our programs and how to get your career started with us, contact us today!