Hi everyone, this is Jasmine coming to you from Teen Vogue again!
One great thing about being an intern is that when you make a mistake it isn’t the end of the world! That’s not to say don’t be mindful with everything you do but your employer is expecting mistakes. Afterall, this is new territory for you, how would you come in knowing everything?
I have made many mistakes this past summer but have prided myself on not being a repeat offender. I try to take a close look at the mistake that I made and figure ways to not make them again. Sometimes that’s the only way you can learn something. I’ve also learned never be afraid to ask for help or for clarification before you assume. Never assume! I’m sure your boss might be a bit annoyed if you asked 4 or 5 times but I doubt they would want you to do the task wrong.
Also as an intern, you can’t take things too seriously. You are at your internship to learn and have fun! Yes some days will require you to work harder than others but at the end of the day you want to walk away with an experience that will last you a while. Internships like that are the ones that leave you with lessons you can carry through life and your next position, but it is what you make of it. My boss has this big sign on her wall that says “keep calm and move on”. I asked her once how she keeps so calm when people are constantly asking her to do things for them and she replies “we’re not saving lives and no one is dying”. I though this was funny and so true. At that time you may think that nothing is going right but when you step back and look at the bigger picture nothing is ever that serious. So when you feel the pressure on your back this summer, remember, Keep calm and move on!