Last week, I was presented with a project that was not necessarily challenging, but outside of my comfort zone. What’s cool about my internship is that they are giving me a lot of different work so that I can build my portfolio.
I have been working on blog posts, other written material, design, social media and something I have never done before; a press release.
Of course, I want to show them my best work. Honestly, I was freaking out a little bit not really knowing how to begin. But, what I found as an advantage was that our cohort has many public relations majors!
I created a draft off of a press release template that my internship site had used in the past. I then sent it off to a fellow colleague (PR student) to edit and give me direction. My point being, use the people around you for support and resources. It has been cool getting to see all of the different work we are all involved in and how we can use each others’ skills. It has also been fun helping one of my friends with design and ad work that pertains to her internship site. Using the resources and peer support around me has totally contributed to my success as a student, and now as a professional!
I think sometimes we are all afraid to ask for help. I am guilty of this! I am scared that it will look like a sign of weakness, when really I am confident I can complete a task, I just need direction and input from one who is experienced.
Use each other while we can. Even if we are really strong at a certain skill or specific job description, that certainly does not mean you will never step outside of your comfort zone and be asked to complete a task unfamiliar to you! I cannot thank my friends in the cohort enough for their support!
by Desirae MacGillivray