As Gen Yers we want everything, because we’ve been able to do everything our whole lives. The rise of internet and cell phones have allowed us to do things generations before wouldn’t have dreamed of. However, as we enter college and the work world we have to learn the hard lessons. We cannot do everything. And the classes we take and the jobs and internships we do will not be exactly what we want. My mom has said this to me since I can remember and I think its something that as an entry level employee I must take to heart, “It is what you make it.”
Your first job/internship/class may not be exactly you wanted and that can be really disappointing but its important to remember it is a learning experience. You will be surprised how flexible a job description is. You will probably be able to add on things you like to do like social media to your job. Make sure to make the position your own, it will make you stand out in the crowd. Bring your own knowledge to the table.
Internships, classes and jobs start out slow. Your bosses give you more simple tasks first to test your reliability. Go above and beyond in this work and then ask for more. People will trust you and you will get more tasks.
An entry level job or an internship are learning experience. You may bring some knowledge to the table but you are there primarily to learn. Write everything down and take it all in. You never know what knowledge can help you in your next job.
Perfection Doesn’t Exist
You have to make it perfect for you. That may require you taking on extra or different tasks. If you are interning somewhere make sure to ask your boss if you can participate in certain activities that are happening at your business. Your bosses want you to enjoy and learn at your internship. Remember it never hurts to ask. It makes you look motivated and interested.
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.