“Edison failed 10, 000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.”
Napoleon Hill (American author)
An internship is a journey that teaches you a lot but it appears that it can be a path full of challenge. Such challenges help you to grow both professionally and personally. These moments are what make life fascinating: without experiencing the lows, we can’t appreciate the highs. Here are some tips for your journey.
Take a longer view
Discouragement is generally occurring as a result of a failure or when we just don’t reach our expectations. In those times, take a break and look back to all what you’ve done and how far you have come from. Just by being here you achieved a lot. Most things that are worthwhile necessitate effort and time, so be patient!
Do not compare yourself to others
Everyone has their own story, creating their own strengths and sometimes weaknesses. By comparing yourself to someone else you see their victories and success, but forgot that they also have weaknesses and failure. Comparing isn’t empowering. Let yourself be inspired by others, but focus on your own path.
Change your mind
When you feel a little bit down, wind and fresh air can have a great effect on your feelings. If you feel a little discouraged, take a breath and go for a 5 min walk outside; far from what is putting you down. If the situation permits some exercise will help you. Hike, bike, walk, run, swim, do whatever will clear your mind!
Find someone who can help you
Being discouraged often come from a problematic situation. Solving this problem will help you to get back on a good track. Find someone able to solve the problem with you, don’t be ashamed to ask for help!
Find someone who you can help
This trick is a wonderful way to alleviate your discouragement. Helping people will make you feel useful and direct your attention to another. That will make you feel better, and will help you realize that everyone faces challenges!
Name: Lida Christou
Field: Civil Engineering
Why did you decide to do your internship in Australia?
I have read to a Greek website about the program from The Hellenic Initiative and the Australian Internships. I got very excited when I realised that the prerequisite to participate to this program is to be in the shortlist of the ReGeneration program; an innovative Greek program which strives for the elimination of Youth unemployment in Greece. I have expressed my will to have an internship in Australia and I got accepted from a Construction company!
What made this experience unique and special?
It’s a very special job for me, because not only is it my first work experience, but also it is in an English speaking country and in a very beautiful city – Melbourne. What makes this internship more unique is that it gives me the chance to have an international experience with and develop my lateral thinking.
How has this experience impacted your future? (Personally, professionally, academically, etc.)
This experience has changed the way that I think and act. I feel more self – confident and mature. Every day, I have to speak and collaborate with people from different cultures, so I have developed my skills needed to understand people’s needs and how to negotiate better with the stakeholders of the project that I have worked for.
What was the highlight of your experience?
The highlight of this experience is that I live in Melbourne, a very beautiful city that I have never imagined that I would live there. I have travelled “down under”, I’ve met many people from all over the world and I have been to many unique places with lots of green and magical beaches.
What advice you would offer someone considering interning abroad in Australia?
I would definitely support him / her to have an internship in Australia. The well – organised working environment and the will of people to help and support young workers is a worthwhile opportunity. This international experience will broaden everyone’s horizons.
How do you feel Australian internships supported you throughout your internship program?
Australian Internships staff was available during the whole internship. The Weekly Learning Plan that has been provided to Hickory has helped the relationship with my supervisor and every week we are having a substantive catch up with giving and receiving feedback.
Role: Admissions Officer
I joined Australian Internships 3 months ago and I am very excited to be a part of this company. I am very lucky to be working with the most amazing team at Australian Internships who genuinely believe in team work and success of the company. Originally from India, I came to Australia in 2005 and since then have fallen in love with this country.
I have been working in the education industry for the last seven years and have always enjoyed helping students or recent graduates with their enquiries and concerns. It is a great feeling to see the happy faces when the interns get closer to achieving their career goals through an internship opportunity we provide them.
Apart from being a part of Australian Internships I also host my own Radio show at an Indian Radio station. It keeps me connected to my community and I also get an opportunity to meet lot of famous people who are an inspiration to others.
I truly believe in dreaming …. If you can dream it then you can do it!!!
Sydney: Winter Festival
The Winter Festival is a festivity that you won’t want to miss! St. Mary's Road will welcome until the 17th of July a European-style market but also a big range of activities and entertainments such as an ice skating, a snow play and tobogganing! It’s also a nice place to enjoy some live music while savouring some winter delicacies!
Further information on this event here: http://winterfestival.com.au/
Melbourne: Run Melbourne
On the 24th of July, join thousands of runners and participate to one of the various raises organised. Run or walk for 5km, challenge yourself running 10km or even participate to the Brooks Half-marathon! There is a raise adapted to everyone, and even better, you will run to raise funds for the Charity organisation of your choice!
For more information about this event click here: http://www.solemotive.com/
Brisbane: The French Festival
From the 8th to the 10th of July South Bank will become blue, white and red! “Le Festival” celebrates French culture by proposing wine and cheese! Markets will also propose fashion, food and other French products. It’s a great way to get ready on the 14th of July for Bastille Day, the most famous French national holiday!
Alice Springs: Camel Cup
The Alice Spring Camel Cup is an iconic race in the Northern territory, but also beyond! Racing one of those “ships of the desert” can become a nightmare for riders and handlers, but create a hilarious show for spectators! The Camel Cup is held on the 9th of July at Blatherskite Park. Don’t miss the show!
Further information on this event here:
Fraser Island is stretching over 123 kilometres along the southern coast of Queensland, just off the coast of Hervey Bay. It is strictly a four-wheel-driving territory. The island is considered as the largest sand island in the world and it was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1992. It is now a precious part of Australia’s natural and cultural heritage.
The Sunshine Coast, located 100km north from the state capital Brisbane, offers a range of natural wonders and facilities for both visitors and residents to enjoy. It is a place where you can experience a laid-back lifestyle centred on beautiful beaches, subtropical forests, freshwater rivers & lakes, and warm sunshine. The Sunshine Coast hosts a variety of major regional events so there is always something to stay entertained throughout the year. It is a place where you will feel like a local from the moment you arrive.
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