Find your place

Of all the challenges I have faced thus far as part of the Spring PDXSX cohort – waking up at the crack of dawn every morning, the daily bumper-to-bumper commute, being away from all my friends in Eugene – the hardest part is finding my place in an already established workplace.

In a place where everyone knows each other so well, where everyone is friends with one another, it’s difficult coming in as a new addition to the team. As warm and welcoming as everyone has been, it’s still intimidating trying to get the hang of things.

This being said, as time goes on I’m feeling more at ease at my internship and it’s due to a few things I have kept in mind. Here’s a list of tips if you are feeling the same way I have:

Get uncomfortable:
The most helpful thing getting me through each day is the feeling that the more I step out of my comfort zone, the more I find myself being comfortable in my environment. Ask your supervisor if there is a project that you can jump in on or if you can sit in on a meeting you normally wouldn’t. Doing this can really open doors for you in the company.

Get interactive:
Get to know everyone. I know this is easier said than done, but it goes a long way to just strike up a conversation with someone you don’t know very well in the office. Showing a genuine interest in a person helps to establish a relationship, and there is always something you can learn from every person in the office. (You may even consider using this strategy to your advantage while you’re at it).

Make yourself at home:
If you’re like me, you are only scheduled to be at your internship for three months. That shouldn’t stop you from sprucing up your workspace. Surrounding yourself with familiar things at your desk and putting effort into making your space yours can really make you feel like you belong.18096732-Successful-business-group-with-arms-up-at-the-office-Stock-Photo

If you’re interested in more tips on how to establish your place at work, check this out.

Julie Brosy

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5 Responses to Find your place

  1. wujesi says:

    I’m feeling more at ease at my internship too, but sometimes I can still feel out of place especially because I’m the youngest person here. It’s weird that in our last term of college we’re away from our friends, but in the long run.. this whole experience is going to be key to enhancing our future! Sometimes I forget that I’m still a college kid, in our last term and I forget to make sure that I have some fun. I’m used to getting hassled by my friends in Eugene to go out- and now I’m wishing I had that back! Thanks for your post.

  2. I truly didn’t think it would be this difficult to be away from Eugene and my old routine. I miss waking up 10 minutes before class and still being able to get there on time. As we begin to acclimate to the 9 to 5 rush hour lifestyle I’m sure we still will miss the lack of traffic in Eugene, but maybe not our old life their as much. In your post I also really enjoyed reading about the Ben Franklin Effect. Growing up my Mother always told me to “always help others because you never know when you will need their help later.” I enjoyed seeing Ben Franklin’s perspective on this when he says, “He that has once done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged.” It is interesting to think about how you can apply the Ben Franklin Effect into your daily work in order to create a more successful and bonding work environment. Thanks for your blog post!

  3. pdxsx says:

    Well done, Julie! Great post with outstanding tips!

  4. Spencer Smith says:

    Nice article, Julie! I think we can all resonate with your post. Life away from the normal “Eugene Life” can be hard– especially when we see our friends and life carry on without us. As I am getting more acclimated to work at my company, I find myself using your tips. Thanks!

  5. kalimungovan says:

    I think almost everyone entering their new job/internship feels this way — I sure have! It seems daunting enough trying to understand your company and meet deadlines let alone trying to build relationships on top of all that. But it’s all part of the learning experience that were undertaking this term! All of your tips are spot on with what I have experienced during the first couple weeks at my internship and I’m beginning to feel much more comfortable in my workplace. Thanks for the post Julie!

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