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 coffee 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.
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.