THE TOP 5 TIPS FOR IN­TERNS

The Weekend Post - - Careers - SOURCE: CHAR­TERED AC­COUN­TANTS

1 THINK AHEAD Find out im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion such as whether there is a pol­icy on mo­bile phones, what trans­port and park­ing is avail­able, what lunch fa­cil­i­ties are like, and the work hours. 2 DRESS RIGHT Your work­place con­tact should ad­vise an ap­pro­pri­ate dress code but when in doubt it is bet­ter to dress more for­mally on your first day. Take a notebook and pen, too. 3 CHECK YOUR­SELF Dis­play­ing ini­tia­tive is great but don’t make as­sump­tions in un­fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory. The work you do is real and mis­takes could ef­fect the busi­ness so check any­thing you are un­sure about. 4 KEEP TRACK Keep in touch with your as­signed su­per­vi­sor, let­ting them know where you are up to in your work to make sure you are on track. Make note of the work you’re do­ing, what you’ve achieved and the ex­pe­ri­ence you’ve gained as this will be use­ful for fu­ture job ap­pli­ca­tions. 5 WRAP UP At the end, try to get some time with your su­per­vi­sor to go through what you’ve learned. This is a great time to ask for ca­reer ad­vice and may po­ten­tially lead to paid work. Ask for feed­back on your per­for­mance.

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