While at my internship I have been required to adapt quickly and learn new things when they are asked of me. I have been asked to fill out equipment insurance forms, plan an event and even assist on film shoots. Though I never expected that one of the biggest challenges I would encounter during my internship would be learning to drive a golf cart.
On my first day as a production assistant, the producer asked me to pick up a golf cart to drive the talent around campus. I had never been in a golf cart, let alone know how to drive one. First, I couldn’t figure out how to turn on the golf cart. Then, I couldn’t figure out why every time I thought I was putting the golf cart into reverse, the windshield wipers would turn on. I won’t bore you with all the details about how it took me 30 minutes to learn to reverse the golf cart or the fact that an entire office floor had a front row seat to my failed attempts. I imagine if you search hard enough on YouTube you might find video evidence of my adventure.
The next day when I showed up to work and was told they would need me to drive the golf cart again, I made sure to take a few moments to actually read the instruction manual. Though it was embarrassing to admit that I didn’t know what I was doing, it was more embarrassing to admit that I didn’t even try to read the instruction manual or to ask for help before attempting my “reverse driving fail.”
Sometimes you need to do your research before you try to jump into a task that has been asked of you. Most of the time your boss or fellow coworkers expect you to not understand fully when they ask you to do something new, but they want you to ask questions and do your research so you can learn. Take it from me; it is better to do your research, than to be left embarrassed and driving in circles.