Entry Level Diary – Week 1

Entry level diary – week 1

Going to your first day of work is just like your first day of school. You need to be there early, pack a lunch and look your best.

My tips and experiences are below.

Tip 1: show up with a smile and a pen

The most important tip I can give you about starting an internship or job is to take notes. The more you can do independently the better off you look. Also this really helps in the panicking department. Sometimes emergencies happen and if you have notes it will make your life a whole lot easier.

Tip 2: dive in head first

The best thing you can do is ask what you can do to help. This is the easiest way to learn and it makes people really appreciate you. it shows you care about them and their workload.

Tip 3: ask questions

When you first start a class, internship or job it is the perfect time to ask questions. No one assumes you know anything. The more you ask the more you learn and the more interested you seem. If you can, set aside time with each member of your new team or your professor to discover what each person on the team is managing and what they could use help with. It is also a great way to learn about all the projects people are working on and their work style. Everyone works differently and different projects are a different priority for members of your team. It is important to know and understand this so you understand what is most important to them and what work is a priority.

Tip 4: keep networking

After all of the interviews it is so important to stay in contact with all of the human resources people you met with. Use linkedin to stay in touch. You never know what will happen. It is so important to create and keep a network. Send thank you emails for their time. Also let them know where you chose to work and if you make any career moves make sure to update your network. Networking is a two way street and they might know someone who wants to work where you are.

Good luck!


Shannon is a senior at Boston University majoring in Advertising in the College of Communication. She has experience working for NBC Universal in New York City as well as PJA Advertising and Marketing in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She loves clean functional digital design. Digital is the future of advertising and marketing and Shannon likes to stay involved and on trend. Visit her website or follow her on Twitter.

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One Response to “Entry Level Diary – Week 1”

  1. Shannon, great post. I could not be agree more with your tips for one’s first day on the job or internship. As a hiring manager, I too look for these things when my employees first start. The ones who ask the most questions, volunteer, and can independently work through projects are simply fantastic. I’m glad you have outlined these qualities here for other job seekers to learn from. Excellent work!

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