November 16, 2018, by Carla
How an Internship Can Help You Figure out Your Future Career
By Marina Ivanow, final year, BSc Finance, Accountancy and Management
There is a lot of pressure to apply for internships with the huge companies with extremely long and difficult application processes. I was looking for an internship where I wouldn’t be sat at a desk all day doing the same tasks over and over.
Working for a smaller business really appealed to me because I wanted the opportunity to make a difference in the company.
I struggled to find something at first and I think it’s because I was looking for something that looked good on paper. My advice is to apply for something you really want to do. When I came across the Nottingham Internship Scheme advertising a role with GeoSLAM, I knew it was the one I wanted.
What to expect?
Although I’ve had summer jobs before, I’ve never worked in an office or done a solid 9 to 5 week before. I was expecting to struggle to get up in the morning, but in reality, I felt more active. I felt motivated to go to the gym – which doesn’t happen very often! – and was keen to see my friends in the evening.
Learning about business
I really enjoyed gaining new skills and developing others further. For example, I learned how to use the Adobe Suite for designing and editing different marketing materials. Although I’d used these programmes during my A-levels, using them professionally gave me an insight into how they could help me in my future career.
The experience also helped me understand more about the structure of a business. It showed me that to be successful, you must be prepared to get stuck in and contribute to the team. Everyone had a positive, ‘can do’ attitude which created an exciting and vibrant culture to work in.
Learning about myself
I am still unsure which sector I would like to go into, but it is much clearer since working at GeoSLAM, and I’ve identified some tasks that I would like to be part of my future career. Speaking to professionals about my interests and long-term plans also helped a lot and learning about their experiences was reassuring – it’s okay to still be figuring things out!
I feel much more confident about future job applications and interviews now. My internship helped me identify weaknesses and strengths that I wasn’t previously aware of. I know what skills I need to highlight in my interview and which areas I need to work on. If you’re thinking of applying for an internship, my advice would be: do it!
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