Read, understand and implement the following tips to help you shine on yourfirst day.
Aftercountless tiresome applications and non-stop interviews, you’ve finally landedyourself that coveted internship. Congratulations! Pat yourself on the back fora job well done but remember, that is only the beginning. As your first day ofinternship approaches, you can expect to break out in cold sweat and to feelbutterflies permanently settling themselves in your stomach. It’scompletely normal to get those first-day nerves – it happens to all of us! However,it’s important to make a good impression from day one so you can set the stagefor a successful internship experience. Good preparation and understanding afew key workplace basics can go a long way in helping you achieve that. Hereare some tips to ensure your first day goes smoothly: The day before · Know exactly where you’ll bebased andwhere you need to report to on your first day. Check the map on your phone and notedown the directions on how to get there. Usually, the company website alsoshows directions to their respective offices.
· Remember the name of yourreporting officer soyou don’t show up at the front desk looking clueless and disorganised. You’relikely to report in the morning when everyone is just walking into the officeor busy preparing to start their day, so they may not be too pleased to help anew intern who shows up on his or her first day underprepared.· Plan your journey. Give yourself some breathingtime for bad traffic, MRT breakdowns, or bus delays. If you’re unfamiliar withyour office area, include additional time in case you’re lost. If you’redriving, figure out the nearest parking area.
Take note that not every officebuilding provides parking for those without season parking passes. · Revise any specialist knowledge orskills you may need for the job. You may be lacking in experience, but makesure you’re armed with impressive theoretical knowledge. · Research and read up about the company. While this may be something you’ve already donewhile you were applying for the internship position, it is good to tune in tothe company’s latest news. You can start by checking out their social mediaprofiles. You may also read about the history of the organisation, their visionand mission, or what they’re currently working on if you haven’t done soalready.
· Ensure you have enoughwork-appropriate attire. Somecompanies can be quite uptight about what their employees wear to work, whileothers are more flexible. If you’re unsure, it is okay to wear a smart attireon your first day. It’s better to overdress than underdress in this situation.· Pack your bag the nightbefore with essentials, suchas extra money, some snacks and a notebook with pen. Bring along a blazer orjacket in case the office is cold.
While at the workplace · Confirm with your supervisoryour working hours,and if you need to take your lunch break at a particular time. · Keep your desk neat andtidy. Thisis one of the easiest ways to make a good impression. Do it well. · Ifyou’re expected to answer the phone, learnhow to use the office phone system. You should have a sheet with the namesof your colleagues, their designations, as well as their extension numbers.Keep it accessible by the phone.· Take note of email protocolsto adopt, e.
g.using a particular signature file, salutation or sign-off. It goes withoutsaying that the tone of your email must remain formal and professional at alltimes.· Ifyou’re invited to attend meetings with colleagues or clients, clarify beforehand whether your input wouldbe welcome or if you are expected to sit and observe. This is the perfecttime to make use of your notebook and pen to take down meeting notes.Regardless of whether you’re involved in the discussed projects, use the timeto learn more about what the company does.
· Whenbriefed on a task, take the time tofully understand what you need to do and ask questions if necessary. Don’t be shy or feel intimidated. Thisis the time for you to break out of your shell and learn on the job, withpractically zero fallout. · Asmentioned earlier, bring extra cashon your first day. You may not know how much lunch costs at your workplace. Evenif you do, the extra cash will come in handy if your colleagues decide to takeyou out to a restaurant or café instead of the nearby hawker centre for lunch.
· Check in at the end of theday withyour manager(s) to tell them you’re getting ready to leave. Always ask ifthere’s anything else they need you to do for the day. Don’t just disappear!This is the rule of thumb not just for the first day, but the rest of yourinternship.Soyou’ve survived your first day.
What’s next? Continue to listen attentively andlearn well during your internship. Use the time to network and gather as muchexperience as you can. You’ll never know that the good first impression you’veset won’t eventually lead you to get a permanent position in the company.