Internships are really our first encounter with the professional world. With tons of questions in our minds and of course the ability to doubt ourselves, most of us set on this new journey of exploration with hope and scepticism
I too had a few encounters like these where I doubted my instincts (no doubt in that), cursed myself for not being eligible enough and spent the days away from my peers — Just in case, they asked how was it going?
The chicken gif: Pretty much me when my best friend asked me how was my internship going — she said that she wanted to join too and this is how i reacted (of course internally).
Human Nature, I tell you, is by far the most unpredictable weapon in this universe. Deep down you know just the right thing to do, but somehow stray away from achieving the absolute power over yourself. In my case, my former boss was helluva weapon herself.
Ananecdote which perfectly sums up this situation: I worked for an e-zine based in Delhi and it was more of a balanced experience. There were days when I used to accomplish a lot and then there were times, when the productivity level was on the verge of diminishing; Not to mention, stress was equal most of the time.
On this one particular day, we had to send out videos on our website and I was the one taking care of the transcripts — Call it a mistake or bad luck, somehow the transcripts had issues in the final drafts; Oh and my boss reprimanded me to the extent that I believe I had never experienced..(not to mention, she called me dumb too).
This obviously took a toll on me — for not being perfect enough, lacking the acumen, and yes I started to ride the giant of wheel of curse again. Wondering what did I do after that? Well, the aftermath of this incident was that I returned to office the very next day, sat on the very same chair and started the same work.
I did not give up and even owned up the mistake, which I am pretty sure didn’t commit! One would say that it sounds like a cliche, but then isn’t everything around us is already one. Jobs are meant to bother you for the better and the bitter.
They bring the best in you while walking you through the worst experiences of life. Sometimes, these situations would bring the best to your table and sometimes the worst you could ever imagine.
But amidst all this, what counts is the perseverance that helps you to keep going on. If the internship is your call, then stick with it.
Do not just give up because of that one thing bothered you — but make sure that from now onwards it doesn’t, to stay in the long run. Internships make you realise your potential and expose you to the best version of yourself as well — So, seek such experiences and sail with perseverance on this journey of exploration. 🙂