Don’t Hesitate – Just Ask


 

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When I first started my internship, I sat down at my desk, opened up my laptop and took a good look at the people working around me. I thought to myself, “I don’t quite fit in here.” Everyone in the office is an advertising veteran and they have been working professionals for many years.

At some point, I knew I was going to have to spark a conversation and eventually get to know these people who I thought were so much different than me.

As time went on, I became more comfortable sitting at my desk next to these working professionals. I learned their day-to-day routines, their personalities, and I knew that their skill sets could help me advance my own personal career. So one day I asked the co-worker to my right if she could take a look at my portfolio. That one question I asked her turned into an hour and a half conversation and left me with a page full of notes on things I could do that would make my portfolio better.

Later that week, I asked the Creative Director what he was working on, and he showed me some of the designs he had created for one of his clients.

As it turns out, he had some really cool artwork. This prompted me to ask him if he could ever design a logo for me so that I could use it on my resume and my portfolio. Of course, his response was, “yes.” As of now, we are currently in the works of designing it and I am excited to see the final result.

Throughout my internship process, I have come to the realization that the people you work with want to help you out. If you have any questions about your future career or if you need anything at all – just ask. You will be surprised by the amount of positive feedback they will provide.

-Sam Cody

 

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6 Responses to Don’t Hesitate – Just Ask

  1. pdxsx says:

    Good work, Sam. Just make the ask. If you are kind and considerate, most people will be happy to help you out. Great insight.

  2. You’re right, it is a pleasant surprise to see how much people are willing to help when you ask. Just showing passion and a genuine excitement makes the vets more than willing to help. Its always a good feeling starting to get settled in and comfortable with the others. Good work Sam!

  3. andrewbantly says:

    Way to be, Sam. Sounds like you’ve got a good thing going. Way to take advantage of the resources around you. I’m sure it will help build a relationship that will pay dividends down the road.

  4. hmaarchive says:

    This is awesome! I like how you went out of your way to ask these types of questions, which are actually really intimidating to ask- so good for you!

  5. horsttyler says:

    Sounds like you’re really been taking advantage of your resources at your internship Sam. An internship is not just about doing work for someone, it’s also about building yourself up and it seems like you’ve been really doing that throughout your experience there. Keep it up!

  6. alliejhardy says:

    So cool that the creative director is going to design a logo for your portfolio and resume! What a great connection you made. Sounds like things at your internship have turned around for the better a little bit!

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