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