Mistakes To Avoid During Your Internship

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Internships are an excellent way for you to get knowledge and experience in a particular field while also learning how to conduct yourself professionally in the real world. Therefore, it is important that you are aware of and avoid common mistakes during your internship.


Internships are very beneficial as you learn the ins and outs of the industry and gain skills to showcase on your resume. This increases your chances of securing employment and also gives you the opportunity to network and make lifelong connections with others in the organization. 

Therefore, it is important that you put your best foot forward and stay away from anything that could jeopardize these benefits if you want to make the most of your internship.

Here are 4 mistakes to avoid during your internship: 

  1. Taking the internship too casually: it is important that you take the internship seriously, as an internship is still a job and represents your first opportunity to gain practical experience in the business world. A casual attitude towards your work may leave a bad impression on your manager and senior co-workers. This could then result in an unenjoyable internship experience. 
  2. Failing to respect dress code: any organization that accepts you for an internship sees you as a representation of the business. If you arrive at work in casual wear, it will be clear that you are not taking the job seriously and that you have no intention of making a meaningful contribution or learning something new. Speak to your supervisor or a human resource representative if you have any questions concerning the company's dress code. Alternately, keep an eye out for the predominant fashion among your co-workers and dress similarly.
  3. Failing to make relationships: this aspect is crucial as making connections and networking play a big role in having a successful professional career. It can broaden your exposure to many aspects of the corporate world and in the long run could help you land employment. Although you may be shy, try stepping out your shell to socialize. 
  4. Not listening to feedback from your mentor: to advance your profession and have a positive mindset, it is essential to listen to constructive criticism. Interns usually become defensive when they receive negative feedback, it is important that you try to remain calm. Ask questions to help you understand the feedback provided by your mentor and express your gratitude to demonstrate that you appreciate their input. 

An internship is a great opportunity to gain practical, professional experience. Don't waste this opportunity to start your career and try by all means to avoid these common mistakes during your internship. 


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