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Turn yours into a proper job

  • Published at 12:45 pm October 16th, 2016
Turn yours into a proper job
So, it has been over a month at your internship and surprisingly, you are really enjoying it. If you've blended in with the office culture well, made lots of friends and you love the responsibilities handed over to you; my friend, you are a lucky soul. Work isn't work if you are having fun, so you should start thinking whether you want to pursue a career in this field. Even if you do not see yourself settling down here for the long haul, a short stint would be a lovely feather to add to your hat anyway. Read on to find out how you too can turn a successful internship into a job.

Impress in first sight

They say that it is crucial for you to make a good first impression. The moment you walk in for the first day as an intern, make sure you are committed to leave a lasting impression on your boss, senior colleagues, peers and even your office peons. Appear humble, modest, inspired and stay away from petty office gossip even if its better than what your mum follows on Star Jolsha.

Be noticed

What is that one attribute that makes an intern stand out among other, less-than-memorable interns? Effort. Put in as much as you can if you want to cement an impression among your team members. Make sure they regard you as someone who is an important member of the team. Work late if your boss stays late, ask your superiors if they need anything and never shy away from putting in a bit more even if you aren't asked to do so. Going that extra mile can make you stand out. That being said, never let yourself or your work to be taken for granted and you'll be just fine.

Finish strong

The key to receive an extraordinary evaluation at the end of an internship is to finish strong. Never leave any loose ends in terms of responsibilities. It won't matter if you have been an angel all throughout the internship period if you mess up your assignments towards the end. Chances are, that's the first thing that comes to your superior's mind when she is filling out your evaluation form.

Explore new roles

Organisations prefer hiring all-rounders who can show versatility through their work. If you think you can take on more responsibilities, ask your superiors to assign you more work on topics that you aren't familiar with. Once they do that, take time to research on them before you set out to complete them. Try out tasks which you normally don't have exposure to. However, never take on too much work especially if you aren't comfortable with it. If you cannot deliver when needed, chances are your boss wouldn't be in her happiest mood the next time she sees you.

Plan ahead

If you are seriously considering about making your role in the organisation permanent, set up an appointment with your boss to talk about the possibilities of a position weeks before your internship period ends. Ask them about the type of responsibilities that is involved with a more permanent position. Given that you have been already working for a significant amount of time, your boss might have a sound idea about the set of skills you possess to give you a sense of direction towards the areas you need to work on to be eligible for the job. Never hesitate to show interest in being hired.
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