Building relationships in the workplace is an important part of completing an internship. For most of us, establishing new workplace relationships can be hard, especially if you are shy or English is not your first language. Fear not – everyone feels anxious at first, there are some sure fire techniques that you can implement to ensure that you can establish great relationships and get ahead in your career!
At the beginning of your internship – The first few days can be filled with anxiety. Even the most confident person can find it difficult to adapt into a new environment. No matter how hard it is, it is critical that you try to step out of your comfort zone and make a good first impression. Meeting your colleagues will help you build relationships with the people you will be working with. You do not need to become their best friend, a great starting point is gaining an overview of what they do in their role at the company. This will help you learn about how the company works, what the different roles are – all while building on your relationships – not to mention, this can come in hand down the track if you need to ask questions about a specific role or area; you will know who to go to! Start by introducing yourself to colleagues – tell them your name, where you are from and explain that you are just starting your internship. Ask what their role is and see where the conversation leads from there. If you are unsure who to meet, ask your supervisor for a couple people to get started. Another great tactic is to send an email broadcast to introduce yourself (with your supervisor’s permission of course), share a little bit about your educational or professional background, or even an icebreaker.
During your internship – Now that you have introduced yourself to the people on your team or who sit near you, continue to branch out and meet others in your office. As you are continuing to meet new colleagues, make sure that you are keeping up with the relationships you have started. This could be saying hi throughout the office, going to lunch together, helping them with a project or task, or just having a small chat throughout the day. Continue to build this network throughout your time at the company.
After your internship – Keep in touch with your colleagues; a good way to do this is to connect with them on LinkedIn. Often times, people are hired through referrals, so if you are looking for a full time position, your network will be your greatest resource. Through LinkedIn, your colleagues will be able to see your progress through school and your career, they might even let you know of a job opportunity that you might like. You can also send them an email every once in a while to keep in touch and see how they are or let them know what you have been up to.
The network that you build will be important throughout your career, so be sure to build strong relationships throughout your work experience, you might even find a mentor in the process!
June 1, 1829:
Today is Foundation Day for Western Australia.
June 15, 1862:
Australia's largest ever gold robbery is carried out by bushranger Frank Gardiner near Forbes, New South Wales
June 23, 1810:
Governor Macquarie opens Australia's first post office.
June 30, 1834:
A public meeting is held in Exeter Hall, London, to discuss plans for the new colony of South Australia.
City: Sydney, New South Wales
Why did you decide to do your internship in Australia?I studied in Melbourne a while ago and I completely fell in love with Australia. I wanted to come back to work on my professional growth this time and an internship seemed like the perfect way to do so.
What made this experience unique and special?
The fact that my supervisor is always finding the time to make sure I am learning and progressing.
How has this experience impacted your future?
I feel more comfortable in the work environment and I've learned how to apply what I studied in the real world.
What was the highlight of your experience?
Working at the first Inside Retail Live - Festival of Retail Ideas. It was amazing being part of an event, first of its kind, with such impact in the retail industry. I got to work behind the scenes and network with incredible industry leaders throughout the 3 day event.
What advice would you offer someone considering interning abroad in Australia?
I would very much recommend this opportunity not only for the professional growth part of it but also living abroad helps you become more independent and open to get out of your comfort zone.
Caroline has worked for Australian internships for 4 years this month. Caroline has truly done it all- from operating rides at a theme park to retail management to working for the New Zealand government. She loves the outdoors, keeping physically fit and most importantly travel. Throughout her time at home and overseas, Caroline has gained invaluable knowledge and experiences that have changed her life forever. She whole-heartedly believes in travel and extends her passion and enthusiasm to all of the interns she supports.
How would you describe your work?
There are many aspects involved in the role of Internship Program Supervisor and the role varies a lot. I assist interns throughout the whole internship process ensuring they have a successful and rewarding experience.
What do you like the most about your work?
Getting to call the intern to advise they have been successful in their interview or that they have received their visa approval and hearing the pure excitement in their voice and knowing that I was a apart of that.
Your message to the interns
Go in with an open mind and don’t compare the experience to anything else. It is new and it is yours!
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