I am usually one that works really well under pressure, or so I think. I like having multiple tasks going on at once so I can time manage everything to complete my work on time. Coming in to my internship with a Public Relations agency I thought I was for sure going to be thrown into open waters as they sat there and watched me try and stay afloat. Maybe that is a little too dramatic, but I was excited to get new assignments and prove myself with the many jobs I would be given.
Not logically thinking the process through I wasn’t given as much as I anticipated. The internship and Portland Senior Experience is all a learning process that isn’t going to happen over night. It took me awhile to realize that I work for a company with real clients. This isn’t J495 with a “real” client that may or may not use your strategic communication plan, these clients rely heavily on the work we do.
Once I realized that the work I am doing is being published for a company it got me thinking, I needed an attitude check. Last weeks reading assignment from “They don’t Teach Corporate in College,” by Alexandra Levit talked about adjusting your attitude and it will make your experience better. I felt like I wasn’t contributing to the company in the way I hoped. I was looking to dramatically influence the professional world and impress my colleagues. But after my reading I realized my work wasn’t the issue, it was how I viewed what I was doing that was getting in the way.
Some things Levit said that stood out to me were:
– Set goals for the day
– Manage your time strategically
– Fine tune your writing, speaking and listening skills
All three of these areas helped my work day become more productive and meaningful. I could be doing more “intern” tasks than what I am doing now. I have assignments and jobs and don’t have to run my bosses errands for him instead of work. My perception of what an intern was wasn’t based on what I was accomplishing throughout my day, but its the way I handle my work and my performance in the office that will stand out.