We are officially halfway through the Portland Senior Experience. It’s been a whirlwind as an intern. Learning the ropes in the real world can sometimes be daunting. With so much information and new skills expected of us to pick up and carry with us, sometimes a day at the office is outright overwhelming.
Last week, we did some research on our personalities. One of my personality setbacks was to work harder at just saying no. As an intern, this might sound counter intuitive to what is expected of us. And honestly, I haven’t practiced the habit.
Interns have this mentality that they’re suppose to say yes to any and all tasks handed to them by their organizations and companies. But the fact is that as interns, we are learning as we go. Trying to juggle a new assignment, a new task, in a new place, with lots of experienced people who know much more about how to do it correctly can wreak havoc if we can’t step back and say, enough is enough.
The point is not say no to what’s expected of you as an intern. There is a tactful and meaningful to way to let supervisors, mentors and bosses know that perhaps someone else can do that job better than I, since I have way more work than I can handle. Saying no in the workplace can be sometimes be a positive experience, especially if tasks become so over bearing, the outcome of a job is compromised.
I recently experienced a similar problem. I overlooked a task on a job and the end result was that almost all the work I’d done previously on it was down the drain. Had I just said no to one more assignment, I could have spent extra time on the fine details. Lesson learned the hard way.