Learn from the best
We get the low-down from the founder and director of Sweaty Betty PR, Roxy Jacenko – you couldn’t get better advice! Read it and learn.
What qualities make a good intern?
As classic as this may sound, being a good intern means being prepared to put in the work. I always say this, and it’s because it’s true: you have to work for the job you want, not the job you have. As an intern you are there to learn the ins and outs of the environment you are in and this means putting all your efforts into even the smallest of jobs. Someone who has a genuine interest in learning the ropes and is observant is someone who will not only succeed in the job, but will get the most out of the opportunity. Truly listening to instructions means working hard to be selfsufcient. If you can be told something once, pick it up and go for it from then on, you become a real asset.
What should an intern not do?
I believe there is a perception that you go to work at 9am and as soon as it strikes 5pm, you pack up and head home. In reality, that’s not how businesses operate, so I think it is so important that when it does hit 5pm you don’t clock off mentally and leave tasks incomplete to worry about another day. Making sure all your ‘t’s are crossed before you leave for the day and asking around if anyone else needs a hand before you leave is essential to being an efcient worker. Why add something to tomorrow’s list of things to do, when it can be done today?
What has an intern done to impress you?
As an intern, you aren’t expected to know everything – it is a learning experience, after all, so I really appreciate when someone isn’t afraid to ask questions. Having the condence to double-check if you don’t quite understand something means the task is then done well, with clarity and there is no miscommunication. I can’t think of a better outcome than that. I also appreciate someone thinking a few steps ahead. Using your initiative to apply to future situations what you have experienced in past scenarios isn’t the work of a genius, it’s the efforts of a forward thinker and someone any business would value.