The process of internship applications and interviews marks the popping up of endless nerve-racking questions in one’s mind like, what will be the work environment like? What kind of work will you be doing? Will the timings be flexible? Will you get paid? What sort of colleagues you will be working with? Will the boss be receptive to your position and ideas? Do you have enough experience and knowledge to fulfill the expectations of the organization? Most importantly, what not to do on the first day of your PR internship?
These questions sure cross one’s mind as you walk to the office on the first day of your PR internship. But don’t worry folks, it happens to everybody! Just remember these tips as a first day survival kit and you will be able get through easily.
Be on time
To begin with, aim for time management on the first day of your PR internship. This golden rule emphasizes on punctuality and creates a good impression on your employer. It is a sure short gateway to buy you additional good will from your colleagues and the new boss.
Gather knowledge about the organization
Do proper research on the organization before entering the workplace. Explore the vistas where the organization is working. Often googling on internet can yield the desired results. If you have a friend or acquaintance in the organization, utilize his/her knowledge in gathering your information. This background research can earn you extra points and make the first day of your PR internship easier on your nerves.
Be clear in your communication
You are bound to meet new people and make introductions. It is likely that you will be asked questions about ambitions and aspirations. Don’t mince your words if you don’t have clear answers. Just say it clearly “I don’t know” rather than taking the long route of mingling unnecessary words, which will ultimately irk others around you. Communicate clearly and confidently.
Bring your laptop
The technology boom has revolutionized our lives in this new era. Interacting with people and developing good PR requires interaction with technology first. So don’t forget to bring your laptop along with you. You will need to take notes and connect to the wifi to access online tools. PR is a fast paced profession so get your tech groove on.
No matter how good your memory, always take notes. Sometimes there is a train of thoughts journeying in your mind and the ideas are very haphazard so writing them off can give clarity to the ideas. It will help you in organizing your first day as well as the days to come. A to-do-list is a great way to start any day.
Avoid exaggerating your skills
If your particular skills are not properly developed or you don’t have an inclination towards a certain subject then don’t brag about it; instead be honest and forthright. This is always appreciated by the bosses and also gives you an opportunity to learn from ground zero.
Don’t panic if things go wrong
Whenever some crisis engulfs, don’t panic. It is pretty natural for things to go haywire in your personal and professional life. When faced with a difficult situation, take a deep breath, try to analyze and sort out the problem. Don’t blame the situation or people around you. Clear your mind and only focus on the solutions which can control the damage.
Last but not the least, enjoy the experience of your first day, because no matter what happens and what you learn, you should be able to look back on this first day with fond thoughts.
We hope these tips makes the first day of your PR internship easier and will give you an idea of how you can plan and organize your way into a new organization.
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