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CAREER / 14 December 2016
Stand OUT, Don't Stand UP
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Zipporah Jackson

Are you a college student who is about to embark on an internship at your dream company or are you a young professional who has just landed a wonderful position right out of college?

Are you a college student who is about to embark on an internship at your dream company or are you a young professional who has just landed a wonderful position right out of college? Well first of all, I would like to say congratulations! You are about to start a wonderful journey full of life changing experiences and rewarding benefits. However, before you open this new chapter in your life, read over these few tips below so that you will stand out to your boss and not stand up your responsibilities. 

Don’t Call In

Okay, so I know most of you while in college or currently in college maintained a part-time or full-time job while in school.  Most of these jobs were probably “college student friendly.” You might be wondering what  “college student friendly” means, well let me break it down real quick. College student friendly jobs are jobs that know before they hire you that you are a college student and when hiring college students, they will be more susceptible to call in or take off due to stress from school and test, sickness or just flat out not wanting to come at all. These jobs seem to be more understanding and usually work with you! Well, your new internship or job should not be treated like a college student friendly job! 

Corporate America does not care that Maroon 5 is in town for one night and you can not miss the concert, this is the real world meaning you have to make real world decisions and sacrifice. I am no way saying that you should never call in. Of course if you are sick, have a family emergency, or something serious occurs that needs your attention, by all means call in. The point I am trying to make is that when working or interning as an adult you have to make conscious and sound decisions, you will not be able to make it to every big party or social hangout anymore. Put on your big boy and big girl pants and go to work! 

Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute

You know that final paper that was given to you in your English class that you were given two months to do but you conveniently waited until the day before to start and finish it? Well like most people our are age, procrastination is always key especially when working on major assignments. However, I am here to tell you that THIS WILL NOT WORK FOR YOUR INTERNSHIP OR NEW JOB. Do not wait until the last minute to complete a task or execute an assignment. You want your boss to capture the true essence of who you are by the work you produce and if you wait until the last minute, you might not do as good of a job which is not a true reflection of who you are as an employee or intern. Give yourself enough time to produce a product that showcases how awesome you truly are not a rushed job that clearly was done at the last minute. 

Don’t Stand UP, Stand OUT

I know everyone knows at least one person who is always canceling plans. Whether it may be a canceled lunch date or something popped up and they can no longer come to the ski trip you all planned last year, it is always something to where they can not follow through with plans or promises. This is what you call a stand up guy. Nobody likes a stand up guy. So don’t be a stand up guy, especially at your new job or internship. If you are given something to do, your boss wants you to attend an event on the company’s behalf or anything you are asked to do, do not stand up your responsibility! 

You want to be considered dependable and trustworthy not unreliable and irresponsible. Stand out at your job or internship, make yourself memorable! Always keep in mind that you are replaceable and if you are not performing at the company’s standards, you can lose your position. With that being said, give them a reason to keep you, be an asset not a burden. I know the transition from everyday college life to the real world can be tricky sometimes and often scary. You might be afraid to start this new chapter in your life which is normal because change can often be hard. However, I ensure you everything will be okay as long as you put the effort and work in to be successful. 

There are many DOs and DON’Ts when it comes to a new job or internship but this is the most important DO and DON’T: DO believe in yourself and DON’T doubt your ability. It was something about you that the company saw in you and wanted you to be apart of their corporation. You are essential, you are important and you bring so much to the table. Do not be afraid and do not question your abilities

Even when you get discouraged, remember the profound words from the beloved Disney character Dory “Just keep swimming” and do not give up! If you liked what you just read, than head on over to ProSky to read more exciting and informative articles and sign up for a candidate profile while you are there.