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How To Succeed As An Intern

By Stella WaAfrika


 Internships play a pivotal role in polishing one’s skills.
So, you have just received an internship offer or planning on acquiring one, a few questions should come to mind, like how to succeed as an intern.  The following tips will help you succeed as an intern.

Time Management

Time management is a crucial aspect. Always be time conscious, it not only benefits you but also your team and  the company at large. Getting your job done in a timely style is professional and the right thing to do.

Efficiency and Effectiveness

Once you have got your time management skills in check, the next step is to be efficient and effective in your delivery.  Actions speak louder than words; let your work speak for itself. Be practical.

Listening Skills

Listening always saves the day and minimizes time wasting/irregularities. Remember you are interning not only to gain work experience but also to learn from the best. Be open at all times and take direction.

Willingness to Learn

Nothing is impossible for a mind that is willing to learn. Yes, you have learnt a lot in your degree but not everything was covered that measures to other people’s experiences and expertise. Open yourself up to learning ways in order to apply your knowledge.

Ask Questions

Always ask questions because truth be told, you don’t know it all. The smartest people ask. Also bear in mind you’re interning to absorb as much as many skills as possible in order to acquire new tactics. You already attained the information, how do you apply it to benefit the company.  Do not be afraid to ask.

Passion

Passion will forever come in handy. Love what you do and you will overcome all the hurdles and challenges. Passion surpasses hectic times in a work place and if applied, it reflects in your work.


With the guidance of these tips, as an intern you should make the best of the given opportunity; rise to the occasion and deliver because there is no shortcut to success.


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Stella is the founder of WaAfrikaOnline.  A Pan-African at heart, passionate about Africa, human rights, women empowerment and girl child education. She's also into broadcasting. 

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