I began my Events & Partnership internship with Always Hired in May of this year. Here are four (important) things I have learned so far:
1. Practice, practice, practice
The best way to get better at something is to do it again and again - until you get the hang of it. I find this particularly true for me, as a non-native english speaker, as I try to improve my “formal” English. I immerse myself into emails, books and news articles, reading again and again until it becomes familiar. Doing the same thing repeatedly will help you pick up appropriate phrases, vocabulary or even methods for handling a situation. You can never do too much to improve yourself, only too little.
2. It does not matter what your background is as long as you’re willing
I walked into this internship with moderate knowledge about putting an event together or building a partnership with another organization. I was (and still am) eager to learn from all advice that I was given, but also from the mistakes that I would make. It is very easy to shut down once we’ve done something wrong. Nobody is without flaws; we all make mistakes from time to time. To make the best out of your errors you must see them as an opportunity to learn and grow. This mindset will help you make the best out of everything: team meetings, calls, chats with your colleagues or even your parents. They all have something to teach and we’d all rather learn something, right?
3. Just do it
This is applicable to most situations in life. Whether you’re making your bed or building a website, it’s better to have it done and crossed off your list than to continuously procrastinate trying to make it perfect. This has been particularly true for me when I was feeling stuck drafting content. Instead of thinking for long minutes about the best way to express something, I just write what I want to say and rework it from there. Completing a task helps visualize what works and what needs to be improved.
4. You are more capable than you think
Before this internship I had only put together events for students at my school, nothing for working professionals, let alone in a foreign country. I was afraid that my experience wouldn’t match the needs for Always Hired. After a trial run at their April SDR Meetup, I was given this opportunity and haven’t looked back. Since then I have worked on and began planning numerous events, finding my past experience relevant and beneficial. The most important lesson I’ve learned thus far is to never underestimate your value. Instead of advice, I ask you one question: what’s the worst that can happen? Each one of us can accomplish so much more than we give ourselves credit for. What may initially be perceived as failure is actually a newly learned step towards success.
I think I’m going to end this post with a quote: “whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right”. Remember that at the end of the day, it all comes down to what you decide to do.