Internships. Internships. Internships.
For the younger kids that haven’t quite gotten to this point in their lives yet: this word has been haunting me for the past 4 years. INTERNSHIPS. Okay, so maybe that word isn’t as scary as this other one is: Decisions.
They’re both just words, but they bring about an immense amount of overwhelming pressure, uncertainty, and self-doubt.
I have been hearing about how important it is to obtain an internship in college from the very beginning. And, the earlier you get an internship, the better. Unfortunately, my May graduation date is just around the corner, which only piles on the pressure to find one for my upcoming, and final, semester. I’ve been applying to nearly every relevant and semi-relevant company and position related to what I think I want to do with my degree in the future. It’s overwhelming because there are so many choices, That’s when the self-doubt kicks in, and my indecisiveness. Is this what I really want to do? What do I actually want to do? Will I even be good at this?
Although I’m always nervous about making decisions for my future, don’t let my talk of this “scary internship” frighten you. They aren’t a bad thing! An internship provides the connections you may need for a future career. You have the prospect of working with and meeting people in the same field as you, and that could be beneficial. The connections you make with those people can possibly lead to the establishment of a working relationship in the future. The right internship would provide the chance to learn new things about what you really want to do and what’s expected of you in the real world, aside from what you were taught previously in a traditional classroom setting. It provides the opportunity to be more social and to explore more of the world than what you are used to. It’s a taste of the real world before you actually have to be on your own. It is important to find an internship that does not take advantage of their interns. A good internship will actually teach you something useful, rather than stick to sending you on coffee runs and trips to the dumpster. This does provide discipline, though, but it is more ideal that you come away from the opportunity with new knowledge and experience in your perspective career field.
There is something that I do need to keep reminding myself throughout this process. No matter what internship it is that I do find, if I work hard enough, I will certainly be learning new things. If I am driven, I will succeed in whatever tasks are given to me. I will still make those connections that could help me in the future. As the semester goes on, I will grow regardless, and prepare for the real world in tiny steps.
There is a pressure that comes with finding the right internship and making the right decisions for the future in general, but a good tip that I’ve learned (thanks to Zuke) and will share with you guys is this: Don’t worry so much about making the right decisions! Things have a way of working out, and the future doesn’t have to be planned out just yet. Make many decisions, and keep growing and learning from them all.