This post is guest written by resident Genesys Works intern, Tiffany Thao...
Earning an internship is a big deal, AND it’s also important to prepare for adapting and learning in the workplace. This blog is about me, Tiffany Thao, currently an intern at Renodis through Genesys Works, a non-profit organization that gives students in High School, specifically seniors, a chance to become young professionals and receive college help. Here are my 5 best tips for Genesys Works interns in the upcoming years as they enter their internship either at Renodis or at another company.
From the beginning as I earned an internship through Genesys Works in order to work for Renodis I realized that receiving an internship was undoubtedly exciting yet peculiarly scary. This means that I would have to meet new people, experience a different environment, and take actions on what I’ve learned through my training at Genesys Works. Just the thought of it was terrifying since it was a different world that I wasn’t really familiar with, but that didn’t stop me from entering my first day at my internship.
Tip #1: Ask Questions
How I adapted and learned the first month of my internship of working for Renodis was by asking questions based on what I didn’t know or found interesting. Asking questions truly helped me because I gained more knowledge, benefiting me and the workforce. I was able to connect with the employees as well to which I became more comfortable when communication was involved. Therefore, I asked as many questions as I could.
Tip #2: Take Notes
Note taking was one of the tips that I followed because it really worked! I was allowed to look back on the notes taken and given when I came across tasks that I’ve already done before. Looking back at the notes helped me quickly retrieve information relevant to new tasks. Also I won’t always ask questions about the same thing when I have the notes.
Tip #3: Be Punctual
Being punctual is beneficial because there won’t be any rushing when you get to work on time. Getting to work on time also allows you to easily pick up on tasks that haven’t been finished or continue on with tasks from the day before. This increases the time you’ll have at the end of the day to either learn about other things you’re interested in or proactively work on projects assigned. This is why being punctual is important.
Tip #4: Be Honest, Respectful and Positive
Addressing everyone within the workplace with honesty, respect, positivity and friendliness showcases the value of who you are as a person. It’s like the saying of “treat others the way you want to be treated.” From that foundation I can build great connections with everyone whether if it’s getting to know who they are personally or professionally. It also aligns with the culture within the company, therefore it won’t be difficult to catch on because everyone is respectful and friendly.
Tip #5: Look the Part
Looking the part means that you are taking information and following the rules of the company. This means dressing professionally and according to the dress code given. Besides that, you also get a chance to see yourself in a different perspective as you proceed on with your internship.
Overall these are the tips that I followed on my journey while I entered the first month of my Renodis internship. Now that you know how I adapted and learned, YOU’RE ready to adapt and learn for your internship. I hope everything is going to be an awesome journey for you.
Renodis was thrilled to be partnering with the Genesys Works organization for the first time by providing an internship for the 2016-17 school year -- filled by Tiffany Thao. Interested in learning more about this great organization? We encourage you to check out all the details here: www.genesysworks.org