4 lessons to gain from Internships

The annoying cycle of applying for grad jobs and either not hearing back, or hearing back only to be told that you don’t have the necessary experience to be considered for the role.

I’m sorry, but how else are you going to gain that experience if employers are not willing to give you that opportunity? This is where the dreaded word ‘Internships’ come into play.

A lot of people look down on internships because of the low, or sometimes even non-existent pay. Yes, I agree time is money, and you should be paid for your work. However unpaid internships (within reason) show great resilience and passion for your chosen field.

Now, of course, you don’t want to go overboard and accept every single unpaid opportunity you come across, as this will not work in your favour when applying to paid jobs. However, once you do gain that Internship, paid or unpaid, there are a lot of things that you will start to discover. I have put together a list of 4 lessons you will learn from undergoing an internship, to help you to understand just how valuable they can actually be.

Top 4

1. Organisation

Organisation plays a key role in…well, just about everything. Since interning, I have learnt that it is a very vital skill you need in all walks of life. You will soon learn the art of to-do lists and the wave of satisfaction that flows within you once you begin to tick items off. A lot of note taking will take place also, don’t trick yourself into thinking that that piece of information will stay in your head!

2. Clarity

Think of internships as a trial run. Almost everything has the ability to look good on paper, however, you will never truly know whether your dream job is actually something that you want to pursue, until you try it out. Interning is a great way to do just this without any long-term commitment.

3. Time-Keeping

Internships are a great way to perfect the art of great time keeping & prioritisation. These skills are needed in all aspects of life, once they are learnt at this level, the easier they are to transfer and apply to pretty much anything

4. How to converse 

Conversing/small talk in the working world is daunting but necessary. You never know what doors are waiting to be opened or what contacts are yet to be made, just by striking up a conversation. Stuck on what to talk about? Maybe start by connecting with team members on LinkedIn. This way you’ll be able to grow your connections whilst also having a peek at their interests, giving you somewhat of a direction for future conversations.

That is all for now! Thank you for reading, hopefully, this has helped someone somewhere. If you have any more tips or suggestions feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

Tunes on a Tuesday 10: Album of the year (freestyle)

Hello humans,

As you may or may not have noticed, there was no ‘Tunes on a Tuesday’ post last week. I was away on a training course for work, so when it came to the end of the day, I was absolutely drained & had no energy left to post (sorry).

This return has me feeling like J.Cole on his new track ‘Album of the year (freestyle). So is j.cole back?

By the looks of things yes, but it could just also be a one off for this freestyle.

The flow, the lyrics, the vibes…everything about this track reminds me of old Cole, Friday night lights Cole … the Cole that we all love and miss.

Don’t get me wrong, KOD was great but it was missing that hunger, that drive & determination that cemented Cole on the throne in the first place. I really hope ‘album of the year (freestyle)’ does as well as I think it can & hopefully signifies the return of J.Cole. Check the track out below.

Why we can never reach happiness…

Optimism is by no means my strong point.

After buying an abundance of self help books, which I must say did nothing to improve my pessimistic outlook on life, I found myself struggling to be happy.

At first, I believed there to be something wrong with me. I mean maybe there is, but perhaps there is also something wrong with our ideology and the way we interpret things as a society.

The vast majority of the human race regard themselves to be unhappy, which then goes on to see us take part in different processes to achieve happiness, only to be stopped short in our tracks.We seem to be always chasing it but somehow it always tends to be just out of our reach.

Now the reason to why we can never reach happiness, is simply because it doesn’t exist.

Yes, I know this may be a little controversial, but what other way can you explain it.

First off, the term happiness is subjective, it differs from person to person. In my mind it’s a liquid state, forever changing, moving around and falling through our fingers…never in our grip.

secondly, happiness is a social construct & is often used to describe the feeling of being content. This inaccurate use of terminology further aids our confusion of emotions, leaving us to wonder why our ‘happiness’ never seems to be a long term emotional state.

The mere fact that we are continuously indulging into things that we believe will make us happy, in itself proves that we are incapable of happiness irregardless of its true existence. We end up getting lost in the cycle of consumerism which evidently goes on to make us even more unhappy… the exact opposite of what we had set out to achieve in the first place.

Stop chasing the non existent & start living


Adina

Life after graduation

Initially, life after uni is little awkward blip. You haven’t graduated yet so technically speaking you’re still a student.

However, once Graduation comes and goes (rather quickly), you’re left in a constant state of confusion and comparisons. As if the non stop questioning from family and friends regarding your next steps weren’t enough, your parents start to bang on about how your “age-mates” (who have also just graduated)  have managed to bag their “dream job”.

It seems like every other Facebook status is centred around new jobs and new milestones, all of which leaves you questioning when your time will come. If like me you have virtually no idea what career you’re looking for, this period of time seems to be the longest.

I remember getting rejection email after rejection email, some from Jobs I didn’t even recall applying to. It got to a point where I just gave up. I had a part time waitressing job on the side, so I picked up a few more hours there and just decided to live out the rest of my days amongst hot plates and coffee cups…This was short lived.

Customers started to ask what I was doing on the side, whether or not I was actively looking for Jobs, my future career plans. I could not escape the questions, which in some way forced me to be honest with myself and come up with a plan. (My plan included running away to a different country but we will come back to that another time haha).

I think what I wanted to say, is that just because you haven’t reached your goals or achieved certain milestones, it does not mean that some day you wont. Talking from experience it is extremely hard to overcome the comparisons but just try to remember that God’s timing is the best timing. It hasn’t happened yet because it’s not meant to. One day you’ll be able to look back and realise that the wait just made you that more appreciative of what’s to come 🙂

What I wish I knew before University

Everyone usually claims that university guarantees us the best years of our lives, we’re always told to enjoy and make the most of our time there.

But what they fail to tell you is that you might not have the best time. You might even uncover all sorts of mental health issues you weren’t aware of. You might be crippled with social anxiety, even getting to the point where you end up locking yourself in your room for days upon end just to escape from the outside world & everyone in it.

University isn’t for everyone, but in some cases we are pressurised to see it as the only option. There are so many opportunities we haven’t even explored because we are told that if it’s not university then it’s not good enough.

There’s no end date to education, so if you want to explore other avenues or travel for a while then do so. We are so caught up in adhering to societies standards that we start to live in a way that will please others but not ourselves. We are forcing & contouring ourselves to fit into moulds that weren’t created for us. Even though it may seem otherwise, not everyone has their lives together in their early twenties, so why should you?

We have the freedom to be who we want to be & chase our dreams as seemingly unconventional as they might be.

Adina