Sometime back in the second year of university, I got an internship at Samsung C&T corporation, a renowned trading, and construction company known for building the tallest building on earth, Burj Khalifa, and other groundbreaking projects the world over. The experience was marvelous; navigating around new work concepts, global projects and absorbing world class work ethos. I left the company a much-disciplined individual. Here are some tips not limited to multinationals and can still be used in other levels of internships.
1.The Search Process
In search of internships, it is key to build your networks. Go to credible job sites like Linked In and Glassdoor. Go to corporate events nearby, make friends with those that work for these corporates and gather contacts. Most of these companies rarely advertise their internship positions in dailies or career sites, they bank on recommendations.
Prepare well, do your research and tailor your intended responses to a company’s activities and objectives. Be composed, well groomed and punctual to the interview.
You’ll spend a week getting acquainted with the work, people and the company’s environment. Embrace that time, a chance to soak up as much as you can. Buy yourself a notebook to note down as much as you can. Open your mind and don’t be afraid to questions. Participate and make an effort to know people.
After the niceties of the orientation, it is now time to work. You should have grasped that when working for a multinational, there’s lot on your shoulder. It is no easy task but then you will have to develop the mettle. To ace, this, plan your week and days in advance. Seek help when difficulty arises. Be eager to learn from others. During breaks, care to find out your colleagues’ career journeys, they might have enriching stories that you can learn from.
Arrive to work on time. In fact, surprise them by getting to work early before everyone else. Dress well and avoid office politics. Going the extra mile will benefit you and make you stand out.
This article was written by Capital Campus Correspondent Luseka Socrates.