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CAREER / 14 December 2016
Leaving Your Job on a Positive Note
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Brittanei Cain

Alright, so you’ve taken all of our advice, found your perfect internship, and loving every moment of it. Now what?

Now, it is time to transition to your next job and leave the old one on good terms. I know, easier said than done, but you can do it! Don’t wait until the end of your internship to make a great impression, start as soon as you walk into the door. Taking internships can be the first step to living out your career dreams. Many internships can also lead to full-time employment but you have to make sure that you set yourself up for success. Make sure that you always keep a positive attitude with the people that work with you and be an awesome team player.

 Now that your internship is almost over, what are you going to do next? What does your future hold for you? Let’s leave on a positive note. 

Doing the Work:

Doing the work sounds easy if you are talking about an internship but what does that really mean? It means coming to work on time, dressing professionally and being an overall asset to your company. No one wants a slacker and in order to promote your personal brand, you must be prepared for the dirty work. Start by taking initiative and completing tasks on time. Your boss is always watching you. Don’t be the anchor that holds the company down.

Make Your Interests Known:

Now that you are doing a good job, make your interest known. Find out the right people that you need to talk to in order to ensure a full-time job after graduation. Find out what you really like about the job or position that you’re doing. Who can be your mentor during your internship? What are the key factors to your success?  Talk to the right people and make it known when you are graduating. I would let them know as early as your interview when they ask if you have any more questions at the end. Simply ask, "How many interns per year do you let transition into full-time roles after graduation?" Don’t be afraid of your future, you must take control.

Build Relationships:

I’m sure we all know by now it’s not what you know it’s who you know. Building relationships is essential to leaving on a positive note. Don’t be the grumpy guy in the corner, be the bubbly person that always says good morning. I know first hand how important it is to build relationships during an internship because it helps make the job so much easier. During my internships with many companies, I have been able to go back and get letters of recommendation and even a cup of coffee. Even if things don’t work out with your current job, they may know someone that will be better for you in the long run. Maybe you will find your life long mentor and help them conquer the world one day.

Even though these are only three ways to leave on a positive note, you have so many more opportunities to shine. Be the type of person that you would like to work for and everything will fall into place. Don’t know where to start? Check out some of our ProSky projects and challenges. Many companies are searching for candidates like you to improve their company? Do you have what it takes? Apply now, land an internship and be on the first class way to a full position.