A couple of weeks ago, I started a three-month internship after I graduated from college. When I accepted the offer, the company said I would probably get a full-time job offer if I did a decent job. I took this internship over an actual job offer because I really like the type of work I get to do with this internship. I didn’t tell my parents about the real job offer because I knew they would have told me to take the paying job regardless of what I like or want to do. Now, some of my friends are telling me I was crazy not to take the paying job, so I’m starting to worry about my decision. I’m working very hard, but was wondering if there’s anything else I can do to make sure I get that paying job at the end of my internship.
Need the paying job
Dear Need the paying job:Unfortunately, there can be no guarantees unless you signed a contract stipulating receipt of a paying job upon completion of your internship, which is rarely done. That being said, there are many things you can do in addition to “working very hard” to enhance your chances. Bottom line, you want to prove you are capable of handling all the responsibilities associated with a full-time position. Look at your internship as a three-month job interview. Here’s a list of some of the things you can do:
- Give one hundred percent (100%) to every task, regardless of its perceived importance.
- Request regularly scheduled meetings with your immediate supervisor to discuss your performance. Make sure you are meeting, if not exceeding, his/her expectations.
- If you are ever unsure of what is expected of you, ask for clarification. You want to make sure you are always on the same page as your immediate supervisor.
- Volunteer to take on additional responsibilities if it will not take away from your internship efforts.
- Make an effort to learn all there is to learn about the company. Network! Meet everyone in the organization and find out what they do, and participate in activities outside of work hours. For example, join the company softball team and attend the celebratory lunches.
- Follow every company policy to a tee. The dress code applies to you too.
- Always be punctual.
I wish you the best of luck!
Last year I was asked to step down from a position I had held for just a few months. I was told that my help was needed in a different area and that it would better me and the company if I took the other job. I was also told that this move wouldn’t have a negative effect on my status within the organization. It’s been a little over a year since I’ve been here and I feel like I’m being overlooked for other job openings. I’m beginning to wonder if I was asked to make that job change because it was thought that I wasn’t a right fit for the job I was originally hired to do. Currently, there are openings in the position I once was in. I would still work for the same person I’m working for now. Do you think I should express my interest? I would like to go back to doing what I was hired to do but I’m not sure how to proceed.
Want old job back
Dear Want old job back:
Because you were in your old position for such a short period of time, figuring out if there was in fact a hidden meaning behind the move is difficult. That being said, your email stated that you were asked versus told to make the move. It appears that you would not have been forced to change jobs if you had not chosen to. Regardless, from my perspective, you have nothing to lose if you make an inquiry. If you decide to look into it, follow your chain of command. Ask your immediate supervisor, and if it was someone other than who you report to now who asked you to step down, keep that person in the loop as well. Best of luck!
© 2011 Rozanne R. Worrell