Throughout your career you will often be faced with the dilemma of juggling multiple tasks and projects; all with different timelines, priorities and stress points. Needless to say, this can be daunting at any stage in your career – even more so as an intern! Here are a few tips on how to handle such situations:
Ask your supervisor for help – If you are unsure of a deadline or how to prioritise your work, your supervisor will be your best source of help. Raise the “white flag” and ask for help when needed. Your supervisor will help you prioritise you tasks and to do list.
Keep a calendar – In order to keep on track of your projects and tasks, keep a calendar of milestones and deadlines. Keep track of key task checkpoints not just the final deadlines – ensure you review your calendar for deadlines that are approaching in the days, weeks and months ahead.
Keep a “To Do List” – Don’t try to remember everything – it’s impossible! Write it down – that way you will not forget! Try writing things down in order of importance, that way you can work from the top to the bottom on your list.
Allocate time for specific tasks – It might help you to block out time in your schedule to completely focus on a specific task or project. This could be for an hour, or an entire afternoon. If you block out the time in your schedule and you focus on only that task, you will be sure to get it done.
Know your limits – Don’t say yes to everything because you want to impress your supervisor. It is better to take on fewer projects and complete them well, than take on too many projects and end up with overdue deadlines or inferior outcomes. If you feel that you have taken on too much, speak with your supervisor about your workload or seek an extension on a specific project or task.
As your progress through your career you will learn what works and what doesn’t work for you. Remember that sometimes the most beautiful destinations have the most treacherous paths – in busy periods, although it may be high stress, remember that it is a prime opportunity to grow and learn!
1 February 1915:
Opal is first discovered in Coober Pedy, Australia.
5 February 1869:
The world’s largest recorded gold nugget is found in Victoria, Australia.
14 February 1966:
Decimal currency is introduced in Australia, and the Australian dollar makes its debut.
26 February 1606:
Dutch explorer Willem Jansz becomes the first recorded European to land on Australia’s shores.
29 February 1964:
Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser sets a new world record in the 100m freestyle.
Name: Muhammad Shamoon
Why did you choose to complete an Internship?
An internship is the best platform to polish skills and to understand the professional environment. It helps to visualize the career path and is the best way to explore various career options. Moreover, it offers the opportunity to attend events and meeting, which helps to built a good network and new connections and also helps to improve communication in a professional environment. By doing this internship my resume has a got another feather, which really helps to make my resume strong. Internships helps us to learn how to manage time in a fast paced professional environment. Lastly, internships are an recruitment tool, which will open the doors of the employment, and in many cases the company itself hire you.
What have you learned the most during your internship?
Well, in these 9 weeks I have learned many things which I really thought were very easy before joining the company as an intern. Time management is the most important thing which I have learned here by attending meetings and events and how to complete tasks within a specific time. Moreover, cost is the tool of measurement and it must analysed before starting any project. I have learned some strategies to maintain costs. Furthermore, the most essential thing which I have learned here is "NOT TO SAY NO", in simple words, whatever the task you have, never stop your mind by saying NO, just do it anyhow. Start visualising, thinking, planning, doing research and studying. You will definitely find a way to complete the task and so you will learn a new thing by your own hard work and dedication.
What benefits do you feel AI contributed to your internship and time in Australia?
I started my journey in Australia on January, 2015. I faced many hurdles and struggles to achieve the goals which I set whilst in high school. I lost many things in this journey but in the end I gained many things such as my Masters Degree in Management for Engineers from Central Queensland University and I got the chance to work with a World recognised company "Futuris Automotive". My aim was to do an internship when I started my masters program here in Australia and I am blessed that I achieved this.
Australian Internships played a significant role throughout this internship. My Supervisor helped me a lot with my resume and interview. She also built confidence in me to deal with an interviewer that how to represent myself or sell myself in front of the interviewer. Moreover, keeping an eye on me on a weekly basis was wonderful and it motivated me to complete my tasks in an efficient way and pushed me to look forward to another challenge
What advice would you give future interns?
Well, everyone has an ability to think as we humans are the superior specie in this planet. I advise future interns not to get worried about money and not waste time by waiting for very good opportunity by sitting at home. Attitude is the most important tool to achieve your goal. If one has to be the best and touches the sky then make an attitude positive and unique. By doing an internship, you can be able to change your attitude and I am sure that it will clear your vision and gives you a beautiful picture, which helps you to shape your aim.
"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value". (Albert Einstein)
What do you enjoy most about Australia?
I have enjoyed the lifestyle and the weather. 4 seasons in a day really changes the mood! I have enjoyed learning new cultural values and the smiling and positive attitude of Australian people. I loved experiencing an Australian Christmas with parties and decorations and I really like the attractive beaches.
marketing executive - Team leader
I am originally from Switzerland; I obtained my marketing degree in 2010 and a year later I came to Australia to travel. I have also travelled extensively through Europe, America, Asia and I speak German, Italian, Spanish, French and English. I understand how difficult it can be to get a job as an international travelling in Australia and the barriers people often get confronted with.
How would you describe your work?
Being part of the marketing team makes my job very diverse and interesting. I deal with international students, educational providers and universities all over the world. My daily tasks vary and every day I communicate with different parts of the world.
What do you like the most about your work?
I am very passionate about the international education sector and I love dealing with young professionals and with people from different cultures. Being an international myself, I know how hard it can be to live in an other country. I love helping young professionals, guiding them through the process and supporting them with their initial questions.
Your message to the interns?
Often times in life we know where we want to be, but we are uncertain on how to get there. Internships provide valuable experience which bridges the theoretical studies you have completed with the practical and real-word environment you will find in a full-time professional role. Make the most of this wonderful experience in living in a foreign country.
The Manly Inflatable Boat Race takes place every year where participants dress up and race inflatable rafts 1K from Manly Surf Life Saving Club to the beach in front of The Corso. There is a fee to participate in this event, as all money raised is donated to charity. If you don’t want to participate, you can head down to the beach and watch the racers for free! The race will take place on 26 February at 10:30am. Find all details you need on the Manly Inflatable Boat Race Facebook page here.
Fed Square Live is here for another year, with a line up of Australia’s best independent and emerging artists. There’s only two dates left so make sure you head down to federation square on Thursday, 2 February and Thursday, 16 February from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. More information about performances can be found here.
From 5pm – 10pm on Saturday 11 February, head to Torrensville for the Fork on the Road Festival! There will be food trucks, live music, car displays and more! You’ll need to bring your own chairs or blanket, but this is an event you won’t want to miss! You can find more details about this event here.