A goodbye and a thank you

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This is my last week as Always Hired’s Events & Partnerships Intern.

I am going back to France to complete my Marketing & Communications Masters Degree. While I am saddened that my stay here is coming to an end, I am very happy and thankful for the knowledge and competencies I’ll be taking back home with me.

If you’ve read my previous blog post, you can probably tell the kind of mindset I had when I came into the Always Hired team. I wasn’t the most self-confident person on the block, I was always very scared that my experience wouldn’t be enough and pretty damn terrified of making a mistake.

Well, I am returning home with confidence, the hunger to learn, the will to “do it” and most importantly, a clear career path in my head.

I am excited to go back to school and apply my newly learned event skills to my day-to-day studying.

Here are 3 things I have learned while doing events that you can apply to almost anything:

Be thorough and concise

When you’re trying to convince someone to get tickets or sponsor your event, you can’t babble on for hours. You need to get to the point while giving as much relevant information as possible. The same is applicable when writing your elevator pitch or an email for that new job you want.

Saving people time is always a good idea and it increases the chances of them responding favorably.

Details, details, details

While attention to details is always crucial in events, and perhaps a little less on a regular basis, it is always a good idea to ensure details are in order.

Paying attention to details seems very simple but it’s a step that is very easily forgotten.

Details include: checking spelling and grammar errors, ensuring all the given information is accurate and coherent, verifying that the logo on that design is centered…

Bonus: please make the effort to spell the name of your interlocutor correctly :)

Be organized at all times

I usually am a pretty organized person, but before this internship there was one thing I didn’t do: organize my time effectively.

I would always write to-do lists but never really considered prioritizing my tasks, whether it’d be homework or home chores.

Writing down your tasks for the day is a great first step. Next, is finding out which need to be done now and what can wait a bit. After that, you want to give yourself a definite amount of time to cross that off your list and move on to the next task. This time-blocking technique has helped me so much. I’ve become more efficient and it took away the anxiety of having “too many” things to do.

Careful: you don’t want to push back indefinitely tasks that you don’t “have” to do now.

Because I like to end my blog posts with a quote, here’s one that everybody can relate to: “never give up.”

Thank you to the Always Hired Team for this adventure, and especially Kelsey for being such an amazing mentor!