May 21, 2015
By: Austin Ambrose, @tex_ambrose7
With the summer starting and people starting jobs and internships, a new world is opening. Starting a new job or internship can seem intimidating, especially if you have never lived in the area and are meeting a group of new people. There are so many stressors in a new position, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take control and make your transition seamless, and impress those bosses.
1. Take the time to meet people
Starting in a new work environment, especially one where you may not know anyone, is overwhelming. Take the time to go around and meet everyone who is probably feeling the same way. There are probably other interns, or other new hires, so take the initiative and befriend them. At least introduce yourself, this is a time when you are allowed to be outgoing and talking to everyone you meet. Forming relationships with coworkers early will help make the experience better down the road. So take a moment and prepare your small talk.
2. Find a mentor to be your guide
Identify someone who has more experience than you, and have them be your guide. Chances are there will be someone who can help you learn the ropes, give advice, and help ensure you take away all the knowledge and connections possible. This person may be a returning intern or veteran employee. Find someone you feel comfortable with and that you know will helpful to you. You may only be in this position a short while, but having someone to help in that time can make a huge difference.
3. Set expectations for yourself
Sit down with your supervisor and set those expectations for yourself. Know how you are going to act throughout the summer, and make it known. Show your supervisor that you are committed to this position by creating and maintaining these expectations. It could be as simple as setting how long it will take you to respond to an email. This will allow you and your supervisor to know these expectations so there is no miscommunication later on. Plus, it gives you a guide to follow.
4. Deliver what you promised
Make sure you live up to everything you made yourself out to be in the application process. Do not back down on any of those promises you made. Take the time to go back and remember what exactly it was that impressed the people who hired you. This will remind you what you can be doing to impress the higher-ups, but also assure yourself that you have ideas that people want to see happen.
5. Get yourself organized
Organization is key. Take the time to do whatever it is that helps you stay organized. Make sure you are comfortable and ready to dive into anything. Organization will give you peace of mind as you begin to start the chaos of learning the ropes, and it will help you form good habits. This may take time, but it could save you from many headaches.
Take the time to set yourself up at the beginning of a new job or internship, it could make or break the summer for you. So even though it will require a little extra work, the results are worth it.
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