Don’t Forget To Be Yourself

This experience opens up infinite possibilities for us personally and professionally. Were interns and aren’t supposed to know everything so take advantage of the advice others want to give to you.

Reach out to your co-workers and bosses. As stated many times in, They Don’t Teach You This In College, it is important to not only network but get to know those around you. I remember being hesitant at first when my co-workers and manager asked me to get coffeeCoffee with them my first week because I didn’t want them to think I was slacking off or unfocused. Apprehensively, I said yes and am glad I did. In that short 20-minute stint not only did one of my co-workers graciously offer to give me some vital contacts but I was also asked to join in on the company kickball game.

This gave me the opportunity to learn a few in’s out’s of the office as well as open up the door to partake in more outings. It gave me the chance to expand my professional brand beyond my cubicle. I have to continuously remind myself that branding yourself isn’t just about your performance at work but your ability to interact and communicate with others. I have always been naturally outgoing but have found that I sometimes stifle myself in the office because I want to make sure that everyone knows I’m focused and ready to work.

shutterstock_101695738-Medium-491x300 The personality assignment we had revealed many truths about myself that I had not taken into consideration before. Whether we are introverted or extroverted, I think it is important we understand our personality traits ensure our colleagues we capable of taking on any task or conversation.

Natalie Kelley

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7 Responses to Don’t Forget To Be Yourself

  1. pdxsx says:

    Nice work Natalie! I cannot emphasize enough, the importance of interacting with your coworkers outside of the office. The kickball game is an idea place to meet people, build camaraderie and learn some inside-information about your organization.

  2. Natalie, this is all so on point! Personal branding has so many facets and even though getting coffee may seem like it isn’t going to improve your overall personal brand, it really can. But interacting with the people you work with is so valuable. In fact, I am going to grab a beer with the few colleagues in my office today before the storm comes back for the weekend. It is intimidating in a way, to be out of the office setting and have conversations unrelated to work, but look just one cup of coffee and you have awesome connections that you’ve made. Even though I don’t work with you in your office, I am lucky to have met you because our personal interactions have really made an impact on me inside and outside of the workplace, including my personal brand of being a social person.

    This is a really awesome post!! It definitely will resinate with me throughout my time left interning!

  3. davidhamernick says:

    Ahhh kickball!? I’m super jealous. That’s awesome that you’re taking the information you learned about yourself and applying it to your job. I think that personality test is a really useful tool, especially the section about flaws. Personally, once I’ve been called out on my flaws, it turns into a positive experience because I want to prove them wrong so badly. I’m glad you’ve found a nice balance between being studious and personable!

  4. simonemyers says:

    Great post, Natalie! I really enjoyed reading it.
    I’m glad that you got a chance to meet with your co-workers and manager; look what it got you!! Sometimes it may be a little intimidating to ask someone to coffee or lunch, but I think we have to remember that people actually enjoy it! And they want us to ask them.

  5. I loved this, Natalie! It’s so important in and outside of the workplace to be social. Think of what you would’ve missed out on if you didn’t grab coffee that day. It opened SO many doors to create solid relationships.

    Overall, this post was super inspiring and I think it pushes all of us to keep stepping out of our comfort zones and “kick serious butt” (as Josh would say) inside AND outside of work.

    Great post!

  6. kaitlynchock says:

    This was great, Natalie! I’m really glad your co-workers asked to to coffee and I’m glad you went with them! A company kickball league sounds super fun and I’m glad your internship provides with activities like that. It sounds like a great way to network and build relationships.

    You are very outgoing and I’m glad you’re starting to bring that part of your personality to the office. I know it can be a little hard because you want to be perceived as diligent and focused but I don’t think these qualities are mutually exclusive. Thanks for the great post and insight! Have a great time with your new kickball league!

  7. hansonlauraj says:

    I’m so glad that you were brave enough to get coffee with your boss! I’m sure that it was invaluable in kick-starting your personal relationships with your coworkers by showing them that you’re ready to be a member of the team, not just the temporary intern. Great job!

    I would also suggest copy-editing your post before the next time! You have a mistake in the second sentence and last sentence of your post that totally would have been caught by spellcheck. If you want, I’d even be willing to give your post a quick read next time, feel free to shoot me an email. I don’t want you to lose points!

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