Internship Success Guide

It's Not Just About Finding a Job

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We often hear a lot of discussion about what is the best way to become successful after graduating from college. We also hear about those who find jobs immediately after college and after many years of hard work, they end up becoming successful and a leader in their field. Oftentimes, it may seem that being in the right place at the right time is all you need to become successful. While finding a job or being in the right place at the right time is a great way to start out, there’s lots more that one needs to do in order to attain success.

It's All About Making Yourself a Success

Individuals don’t become successful because they found a job or even because they worked extremely hard; they become successful because they use their unique knowledge, talents, and skills and aren’t afraid of failure. In other words, success is not something that is found, it is something that is made, and anyone can become successful by using the right formula.

What does it take for success to happen? For students who achieve success in the classroom, does that mean that they will accomplish the same level of success in the real-world? Oftentimes it does. The reason is that finding an internship or a job isn’t what makes someone successful; it is the establishment of positive habits, a strong work ethic, and diligence that makes success happen.

This Internship Success Guide is full of valuable information on what you need to do to become a success. Internships are a way for you to get the relevant experience required to get hired for a job as well as an opportunity to meet individuals and establish key business relationships and networking contacts that can last a lifetime. By understanding the importance of becoming a successful intern, you will be well on your way to discovering what it takes to becoming a valued employee or entrepreneur that can then lead you to success once you realize it’s all up to you to make it happen.

Internship Success Guide

Do what you love and the rest will follow.

Even if you make tons of money, you will not truly be successful unless you’re doing something you love. It is the passion and dedication that people put into their jobs that end up making the job successful.

Establish short and long-term goals and be sure to write down your objectives on how you plan to reach those goals.

Goals are extremely important for achieving success; but, without objectives, you will not have a map on how to reach your goals. One of the biggest keys to success is knowing where you are going and mapping out how you are going to get there.

Don’t be afraid to do the grunt work.

There are many lawyers, entertainers, and fashion designers who began their career doing errands and making coffee. For highly prestigious or competitive jobs it is the person who can focus on the goal, rather than the immediate task, that will get them through having to pay their dues by doing some of the grunt work.

Always be willing to go the extra mile.

Coming to work early and leaving late can alert an employer to the fact that you have a strong work ethic. In addition, it’s important to understand the work culture and know what’s expected of employees who work in that particular company. Anticipating the needs of your supervisor can also take you a long way into becoming a huge success on the job.

Learn something new each day.

By reading the news, journals, and periodicals that individuals in the field are currently reading, you will be gaining so much more from your internship than just what you learn during the time you spend at work. Being an active learner on the job will help you to become a major contributor to meetings and individual discussions you might have with supervisors, management, and co-workers.

Be sure to ask lots of questions.

Asking questions as an intern is extremely important. Internships were designed for interns to learn and take in as much as they can during the time they have working for the company. A good supervisor or mentor will encourage questions from their interns and will view them as individuals who are motivated and willing to take the initiative to learn as much as they can about the company and the job over the course of the internship which could end up turning the internship into a full-time job.

Find a good mentor.

Finding someone early on in your career to act as your mentor can help you avoid many of the pitfalls people encounter during the first year of any job. A good mentor is someone who takes an interest in helping you to become successful and is a relationship that grows over time and becomes mutually beneficial to both parties. Seeking out a mentor early in your career can make the road to success much easier to travel.