So, here I am, half way through my internship at the PDXSX and I have been able to gain so much experience that I don’t even know how to comprehend it all. I have been given many more tasks and responsibilities since I started here in April. Now that I have semi-mastered learning acronyms, I have realized other feats to overcome. Something I have been learning to deal with at work is the plethora of meetings I have, and how to get all my tasks done in-between the meetings.
Sometimes I will be in a meeting and receive an email to complete a task within the next hour, but my meeting runs for two hours. I thought to myself “what do I do?” Both the meeting and the project were equally important, so I offered an ear during the presentation, but also began working on the project assigned.
In my previous internships, I worked at small agencies where there were very few meetings, maybe once a month, where we discussed the projects we were already working on. At my internship here, I have at least one meeting per day, if not more. Sometimes I worry because I feel as though I am falling behind on the things that need to be done because I sit in meetings all day.
After many stressful days of fretting that I would let the company and my manager down, I realized that people who are attending the meetings are also working on other things. They are attending the meeting and getting the major points, but finishing up other projects simultaneously. It is important to ensure that you are getting your work done so the company doesn’t fall behind on its tasks.
The solution? Multitasking!
The miracle? Laptops!
The help? Follow-up emails!
One thing that helps me get through my day is the follow-up emails. Most meetings I attend include slides, which if they aren’t sent out by the presenter, I request them, that way I can get a full grasp on the meeting when I have more time.
Each day is different. I am trying to adapt to the schedule and pencil in each of my assignments and time frames to get them done. I consider myself very good at multitasking but in an environment where you are trying to hear and learn everything, it can be quite difficult.