How to survive an internship

What do you plan to do your next holiday? For me, I’ll be interning at Ernst and Young and I’ve found that it’s difficult to be trainee.

When you go from being a lazy student to a trainee, all of this could happen to you.

You used to go to bed after you played games online, or watched movies until 2 a.m. then went out to study at 9 a.m. Now, you’ve got to get up at 5:00am and arrive at your office on time. And of course, it’s hard to take naps because your boss and client are looking at you. Sometimes your work will be very busy. You’ll get tired every day and need only your bed! You won’t have time to do whatever you want, Your firm requires you to have a “Professional look”. But, in your wardrobe, you may only have a T-shirt, a party dress, short skirt, and jeans. You can’t wear whatever you want!

I’m trying to solve these problems in many ways. First of all, the easiest problem is clothing – you can find some cheap but high quality clothes at Union Mall. There’s a lot of business attire that can suit you. I got many clothes for under a thousand baht. In my opinion, buying this kind of stuff will save you money rather than high-end brands such as H&M and Uniqlo because you are still begging money from your parents so, do NOT buy things that you can’t pay for on your own.

Second, about time management, you have to be responsible for yourself. If you know that you have to get up at 5:00 am, then you should go to sleep around 9:00 p.m. Don’t spend too much time on surfing the internet. From finishing your work until going to bed, try to manage your time to do all the things that you want. It is necessary to stay on track because if you can finish your activities today, you’ll have enough time to do other things tomorrow.

Don’t be shy to ask questions. If you have any problems in your work and you don’t know how to manage them, remember not to be too self-confident. You have less job experience than your trainer, senior, advisor and manager. Just ask the right questions.

Finally, don’t put yourself too hard; if you are tried, take a rest but don’t act like a teenager or child. Be strong. Show your performance but don’t boast. Show your boss what your intentions are, act accordingly and have attention to detail. Your employers will see the value in you.

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