The three most important tips for anyone thinking of or already doing some part-time professional work alongside your degree.
Hi! I’m Hannah, I’ve been a digital marketing intern for over half a year now. When I look back, the achievements I’ve made have me proud and happy I did one. Here’s what I’d share from my experience.
Use what you’re learning in class
This one’s especially important for the digital marketing world, it’s always changing. The things you learn in class aren’t valid forever. Your lecturers know a lot of useful little things that you can use to really improve your performance. Use what you learn at university in your internship, whether that be a new software, website, even a little tip on a programme you love. Go over your notes from class and think about how you can apply it to the working world.
If you don’t know it, teach yourself
Whilst it can often feel like there’s so much to know or learn, teaching yourself opens so many doors, all from giving yourself that kick to learn. I’ve had some fun trying to use interfaces that were once way beyond my reach.
Sometimes it can feel like there’s a lot of pressure to be knowledgeable about everything in your field, but I’ve found that teaching myself (at least roughly) the ins and outs of a technology has made me feel much more confident in my role. Your boss will understand that sometimes you don’t know what you’re doing, but you’re there to learn, so teach yourself! Make some time to begin from scratch and play around till you’ve mastered it.
Though this one seems like a given, I found asking questions at the beginning of my internship harder than in any part time job I’d had. The idea of being the only one in your workplace who is particularly knowledgeable in a given subject can often make it feel like people might not know what you’re on about or even why you’re asking.
Remember that you’re a part of their growth, you know things that no one else does and your fresh view is indispensable to a company looking to grow. If you’re not sure how something’s done, just ask. I’ve been really surprised at how helpful people have been when I say I’m unsure. Getting all your troubles out as they come keep you and your internship stress-free!