I’m a busy person. I always have been and I probably always will be. I don’t like having nothing to do and do like to learn and try new things. Those 2 traits lead to me signing up for more than the average person would do. Looking to fill my time has been a great way to get lots out of my time at University, and has pushed past my introversion to enable me in becoming more self-confident and better dealing with new situations.
One of the biggest problems with liking to be busy, busy, busy is how to fill the lovely long holidays University gives us. A bit of down time every now and again is a very good thing, but I prefer down to time to be a few days regularly, rather than in a really long block. This is one reason I decided to do an Internship this summer.
What have I found?
Some people are very good at being spontaneous, and it seems to be a growing trend with our generation. But I’m not very good at it. I like to have a plan and know what’s going on. And that’s ok. But, sometimes spontaneity is required.
Leading up to my internship, I was very busy with exams, societies, volunteering and packing up from Uni. This meant that I sorted out my accommodation for the internship quite late (I did have a contingency plan but this was a bit stressful for me). I also, wasn’t completely sure what my first few days would involve, or even where I needed to be on the 2nd day until the end of the 1st day. To make things even more stressful, I went to a concert the night before my first day, so needed to travel down the morning of that first day, with all my stuff ready for the week.
However, whilst I was not as organised as I wanted to be, didn’t know as much as I’d like to have known and did not reduce the stress potential as much as would have been advised, I think that the first few days were some of the most educational of the entire internship.
Over those days, I had to talk to people I’d never met before, go with the flow on what was happening and use an Uber for the first time.
At the beginning of the internship, very few people knew anyone else in the room which is useful when you’re an introvert like me and prefer other people to come up and say hello.
Being forced to adapt to whatever happened and not having a detailed plan, also helped me to be more comfortable in doing so. Now, whilst having a plan will always be my first choice, I’m not as uncomfortable when no plan exists, which makes for a nicer time for all.
Get experience in the world of work and a potential job you could be doing
My internship was as a Software engineer, which is closely related to my degree of Computer Science. I know another classmate who has done an internship in a job that has absolutely nothing to do with her degree. Whatever the case, it’s great experience. For example, I’ve learnt that I don’t do great work until about 10 am, and need 2 cups of tea a day to keep going. Also, Kitkats are great for a motivational boost.
I’ve also learnt a lot around the actual work I was doing. I improved my use of git for version control, and also how to search for the answer when debugging.
Make some money
Now, this is an interesting one. If you want to make lots of money over the summer, an internship might not be the best choice. I have made some money, but since the internship is not near uni or my home, I’ve had to spend some of that money on things like food, accommodation and travel.
Overall, I’ve had a great time over the last 10 weeks. I’ve met some great people and learnt a lot.