Within the first few days of my internship, I thought I knew how the rest of my time there was going to go. A week later, my responsibilities and expectations shifted. Now with just about a month left, things are changing again, and I’m sure it won’t be the last! One of thing things I fear from a job is being stuck in a never ending routine, doing the same things day in and day out with no new challenges. But I don’t think I’ll have to worry about that in this profession.
Of course, change can also be demanding in the workplace. It can feel like it’s hard to get caught up on tasks or knowing what your supervisors expect from you. Yet it can also give you the chance to become proficient in adapting to your surroundings. Employers aren’t looking for team members who never take on new responsibilities or take advantage of opportunities that will advance them in the company.
An article by an employment company lists 4 ways to turn change into an opportunity for success and career advancement:
- Demonstrate your flexibility
- Be a versatile employee
- Communicate Purposefully
- Maintain a positive attitude
My supervisor recently told me the best way to get hired from an internship is to make sure the company sees you as an invaluable component they couldn’t survive without. Doing the same entry level intern tasks will make it hard to become that needed person in the office. So try asking your supervisor what other tasks you can take on or help with. If you see a need that could be filled in the workplace, be the one to stand up and take it on yourself. The next time your department undergoes any type of change, think of a way to use it for your advantage and adapt your actions accordingly.
As author and project manager James P. Lewis said, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.”