Many articles about millennials discuss our entitlement and our desire to work on important projects out of the gate. Although I agree we should temper our expectations, I think it’s important to be assertive. Here are four tips on getting more responsibility…
- Commit 100 percent. Though bland tasks, like shipping packages, can seem mundane, realize that every task is important. Fully commit to whatever task is in front of you. If you’re disengaged, this might cause your supervisor to hesitate to give you more substantial work. Your first priority is to do what you were hired to and to do it well.
- Be proactive. Reach out to stressed co-workers. If you’re in a meeting and someone mentions she’s struggling to come up with new copy, reach out and see if you can brainstorm with her. Or if she’s busy, email her a few ideas. I’ve found that following up after meetings makes a positive impression on co-workers.
- Find weaknesses. Is there a void you can fill? At my past internship, I noticed the social media posts could be more effective so I reached out to the woman who ran the accounts. I told her I was interested in social media and asked if I could learn about our social strategy. As it turns out, she neglected social media because she was too busy, so she ended up turning them over to me. The key here is to be careful and polite when giving suggestions because the goal is to benefit the team not to tear others down.
- Remain curious. As an intern, you are there to learn. A great way to learn is to ask engaging questions. It is up to you to research your questions first but know all team members are valuable resources. Your questions give insight into your thought-process and let your supervisor know that you’re engaged.
What have you learned from your internship about acquiring more responsibility?