I can’t believe we are half way through the term! Time has been flying by and my days as a college student and PDXSX intern are numbered. This experience has been eye-opening, enlightening and lesson-filled.
So far, my greatest difficulty has been adjusting my work habits. I am learning that the ‘real world’ is much different from the university environment. As a student, you start the beginning of the term with the all mighty syllabus. Every assignment is laid out in full detail, complete with due dates. This gives you the glorious ability to plan, outline your schedule and prioritize. This structure worked out well for me. I have always been a planner; I need time to organize my thoughts before I can put them down on paper.
Things weren’t so simple when I got to my internship. I have had numerous tasks and assignments in the past five weeks but one of my main responsibilities has been writing articles for my organization’s statewide and local newsletters. You never know what’s coming until you walk in the door.
I found this really stressful and worried that I was not completing my assignments as fast I should be. Of course the stress caused me to over analyze every word I wrote and ultimately made me lose confidence in myself and my writing abilities. NOT GOOD!
Working in the public relations field is much different than studying it. Initially, I was intimidated by this but I quickly realized that the only thing that was preventing me from doing great work was my own fear and self-doubt. I simply needed to adjust my work habits, stop doubting myself and get the assignments done.
Going from student to practitioner is a big transition but as I continue on my PDXSX journey, I have gained confidence that I am ready to make that next step.
My new motto for success: Work hard, stay confident, and keep improving!
PS – I’ve just started reading “They Don’t Teach Corporate in College.” It’s great so far, I highly recommend checking it out!