It’s hard to be the “new kid,” especially when, as an intern, your knee-jerk reaction when you first step into the office is to try to follow the lead or the legacy of interns that came before you or your geographically closest coworker. Which is good – to an extent.
By following the lead of someone within the organization that’s more experience, you’re likely to gain a valuable reference for what the company likes and what drives your boss crazy. But don’t lose your individuality at the office.
They hired you, not a carbon-copy of an asset that they already have, didn’t they?
Although you’ve most likely been hired to fulfill a certain role in your organization, you’ve still been chosen as a unique asset to the company. Over the course of your interviewing and on-boarding process, someone higher-up liked you and wanted to develop your skill-set within the organization – and that’s awesome for you. Take advantage of every opportunity to standout that you’re given.
You never know when an opportunity is your big break – Oprah, anyone?
Taking advice from my internship supervisor and mentor, I’ve found the confidence to go after more writing assignments and be proactive in securing a variety of assignments that play to my natural skillset. As a result, I pitched a story that turned into the opportunity to write a paid story.
Although this story may not be the platform to launch my career into Oprah-status, super-stardom, it’s still a big step in the right direction.
So, despite it being difficult to be the new kid entering into a small, creative office, being proactive and dedicated can make the difference between being an asset or a liability. But I’ll let you in on a secret: When you trust yourself, ask for guidance, and have faith in what those higher-ups saw in you when they chose you for the position, you’ll do just fine.