The article I chose for this reaction post is the AIGA guide to internships.
I feel like I should’ve gotten an internship my junior year of college, but at the same time I feel more prepared for a job with the new tools I learned from my fall and spring semester this senior year. One of the key things I learned in college was how to handle a critique. Critiques are tough. Anyway, back to the article.
One of the key things I learned from this article was how to be a good intern. (SOURCE: AIGA Website)
As an intern, you should:
- Arrive on time and be ready to work as soon as you get there
- Treat everyone in the office politely and respectfully
- Prioritize communication and ask questions if you do not understand something
- Make no demands (don’t be “high maintenance”)
- Show enthusiasm and a willingness to help
I completely agree with this section. I also have some advice for the younger people reading this: even in your classes, you should follow this technique. Your professors will notice this. Another thing I agreed with in this article was the time and money portion. You can earn academic credit or cash for your work with a company as an intern. Credits are nice for students, but if you’re a fresh graduate, cash is the way to go.
I’m graduating from college in less than a week.
I refuse to believe it but at the same time I’m excited. I’m also terrified of what’s ahead. Terrified for what life holds for me, what jobs and internships are ahead, and what the world will hold for me. I already have an associate’s degree to my name, and to have another degree is exciting but at the same time kind of sad. Sad because I’ll miss the four years of college that I’ve experienced.
Here’s some advice for those looking at this just out of high school or community college. You know how they tell you to enjoy college while it lasts? Enjoy it. Seriously. It goes by so quickly.
One of the things I’m not looking forward to is paying taxes. But, after reading some articles online, I feel like I can understand it easier. According to the article “How to Do Your Taxes if You’re a Freelancer” by Aiden Wicker on Lernvest, look for deductions and fill out your forms!
The article in question!
Another huge thing I’m concerned about is finding a job/internship. I’ve never had a job where I go to an office/place of work, but I have plenty of in-house experience. What does that mean? It means that you will have a hard time finding a job. But, if you beef up your online presence and portfolio, people will find you! Also, purchase Adobe Creative Cloud! As much as I hate the monthly fee, it is becoming the accepted software.
This guide of tips from AIGA helped me immensely in my search, I will provide the link in the article below.
I’m looking forward to see what the world has to offer me. Bring it on. Good luck to other graduates and to whoever is looking at this with time left at school, good luck and enjoy it!