“It’s a Marathon Not a Sprint”
If you’re like me or any other millennial- this is the common cliché you’ve heard many times throughout young-adulthood and never realized how viable it was until you became “the intern.”
Nothing feels better than checking something off a list, turning in a final project or shutting down your laptop on Friday at 5 p.m. Well- I’m here to tell you that this feeling doesn’t happen often, but don’t be discouraged.
While lists and deadlines are great for staying organized, try not to use those as a measurement of how you’re doing overall in your role as an intern.
Often times us ‘millennials’ are perceived as not-so great listeners who want to get their work done as quick as possible and expect that work to be perfection. So here are my top three tips of how to combat this stigma and prove your boss (or colleagues) wrong:
#1 Think before you ask a question: Asking questions is the best way to learn, but be sure to provide context to what project you’re working on when you do ask. Keep in mind that your screen isn’t shared with your boss- so chances are they have no idea what you’re working on exactly in that moment.
#2 Slow down: Remember those deadlines I mentioned above? They are your best friends when they are far away. Try not to rush the assigned task if it’s not your best work. Your boss will appreciate the extra time you take to really perfect the material. Secondly, it’s much more rewarding when you get zero to little feedback because your boss was so impressed the first go-around.
#3 Active listening: Something I learned at a previous internship that brings me much of my success here. Even if you aren’t working on projects with other colleagues, keep your ears peeled when conversations are happening around the office. Not only will you grasp what’s happening in the business, but also see other opportunities to take on.
P.S. Sticky notes are your best friend, so write these down and stick them on your laptop until you realize you’re no longer ‘the Millennial Intern.’
– Hannah Anderson