Most, if not all of us wish we could have the perfect job, where we can’t wait to go, and which inspires us to work after hours. Sadly, at the start of our careers we have to commit to jobs where 5p.m. never comes and 9 a.m. Comes to soon. Without a doubt the most disappointing thing is to start out a new job with extremely high hopes, but find out that the reality is not what you had in mind. Truth be told, nobody wants to start a job or internship simply to have all his dreams burn to the ground. Nevertheless, if you have had the misfortune of applying to an internship that is not all that you had in mind, you can still try to make the most of it. Even if the atmosphere is hostile, tasks mundane and boss annoying, here’s how you can still benefit from a disappointing internship.
1. Bond with Like-Minded People
One of the most important things about internships is the fact that you can make friends with like-minded people. Don’t make the mistake of ignoring those around you, especially since they could help your grow in the future. Once you have figured out the person you want to be, try not to slide in the anti-social vacuum. You must understand that some of the people that you will meet during this internship will become part of your professional network. It’s not hard to make new friends. All you have to do is share experiences, make allies, or help people out with stuff they find hard to comprehend. You never know what might happen in the future, so it is a good idea to make as many connections as possible.
2. Find “The One” Friend to Help you with Everything
As important as it may be to “network”, it is more important to find that one person within the company who will help you in the future. We are not saying that you shouldn’t bond with everyone, given the chance, but it it is essential to focus on an individual that reciprocates. If you do it thoroughly, we guarantee that this person will lean on you in the future, and you will also be able to lean on them. Granted, the ideal situation would be to be loved by the entire staff, but this doesn’t lead to meaningful relationships. Have you ever thought what your life will be like 5 years from now? If you ever apply to a different job, wouldn’t it be nice to have someone that fill-in-the-blank letter to reference you?
3. Don’t Lose Faith
Even if your internship seems like the worst one in the world, you shouldn’t lose faith. The good news is that you won’t have a contract to them, so you are bound by nothing. The main idea is to survive the 12 weeks that you’ll be spending there, and try to do so in a way that you also benefit from it. Even if you are frustrated, try to manifest this frustration only at home. Don’t bring it at work, because at work you must remain positive. Even if people don’t have anything good to say about you, try not to give them anything bad either. As you look back on your internship, you will want to not have any regrets, so even if it seems like a bad idea, try to help the people around you.
4. Show that You Are Interested
There is a common misconception that interns are less invested than workers, and while this may be partly true (because they only spend 3 months within the firm), there are many interns who are extremely eager to work. Chances are that you will be snarled at, because you messed something up, but it’s not your fault. You have probably been categorized wrongly by the person who treated you badly, but the mistake is not on you. What actually happens is that interns do all they can not to mess up, and when they do, they prefer not to confront the issue. From the outside this can be perceived by not caring. So if you make mistakes, don’t let them slip away, but try to ask people what you did wrong.
We hope that these tips will help you make the most out of your disappointing internship. Don’t forget to maintain a positive attitude and try to make as many friends as possible!