As a college student, it’s likely that you’re spending this summer in a job or internship. You worked so hard perfecting your resume, submitting your applications, and killing your interviews. But now that you’ve been hired, how do benefit from what you’re doing? Here are three ways to make the most out of your summer job or internship.
1. Meet Everyone You Can
Your job or internship this summer is the perfect place to make connections. Even if you’re not currently working in your field of study, you have the opportunity to make good impressions and guarantee yourself future recommendations that will help launch you into your field. And if your job or internship is in your field, this is your chance to meet potential, future employers and show them your skills. Regardless, dress appropriately, be punctual, and stay committed to your work. Meet everyone you can, and make sure you’re being your best self.
2. Develop Skills in a Learning Environment
College is the perfect time to develop your skill set. During the school year, you might improve your collaboration skills by working with other students or grow as a leader by running a student organization. A summer job or internship is another great time to expand your abilities in a space where you’re expected to be learning and making mistakes. You should seize this opportunity to try everything you can! Don’t be afraid to fail — that’s how you’ll learn what to do better. Stepping up and taking every opportunity will also help develop you as a leader, especially in the eyes of your employers. Be proactive. Do everything you can, and do it with excellence.
3. Gain Experience
No matter what your job or internship is — whether you found the perfect chance to work in your chosen field or you couldn’t be farther from it — you’re gaining an invaluable experience. Of course, this will become an experience you can add to your resume, but you’re also learning from every situation. You’re figuring out how to work with others, and even if you’re not in love with what you’re doing, you’ll take what you learn this summer into your career. Your worst day on the job is going to provide a productive experience you’ll draw from later. Try and take a moment at the end of each day to reflect on what you can take away from your experience.
A summer job or internship is a key stepping stone to success. If you can learn how to make the most of it, you’ll help yourself land that dream career. Our student services team can help you discover opportunities and guide you in your journey. Contact us today!