Thursday, 20 October 2016

Tips for an externship

1. Impress your employers

It is important to note that externships are short programs of about 6 to 8 weeks. This is a very short period of time and it is important to leave a lasting impression. Conduct yourself professionally and bear in mind that you are there to learn as much as possible. Maximise your time spent there. 

2. Have an inquisitive mind-set 
During the externship, externs would be supervised by practitioners who have a wealth of experience in that field. It is important to ask questions related to their field of work and gain knowledge in addition to career advice. Some questions include challenges faced on the job and any considerations for certain procedures that were taken during work. It would be helpful to have a notebook to take down learning points and questions so that you will remember them and not ask the same questions again. 

3. Go above and beyond 
When you are new to the field, you will experience a lot of uncertainties and a lot of questions. It is possible for you to refrain yourself from asking a question or clarifying a doubt as it might sound silly. However, asking questions is important and you should never keep it to yourself. You can always do a bit of research on the subject or topic before asking your supervisor. Carry yourself confidently and if unsure, do your homework in your spare time. 

4. Have a positive learning attitude 
Refrain from complaining or gossiping at work. At work, externs are expected to be focused. As above, externships are a short stint. You should maximise your time and learn as much as possible. 

Disclaimer: This is a work for the sole purpose of an academic project. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author's imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

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