Ed. note: From time to time, we ask our former interns to write a guest post on this blog. We like to encourage students to enter the technology space and we believe these posts serve as good examples of what a new college graduate’s career path will look like. Today’s blog post comes from Alex Cory, Ventev Marketing Intern from Elon University.
Dear Future Interns,
During the first week as a Ventev marketing intern, I could not tell the difference between a wallport and a powercell. I was terrified to make mistakes. I was terrified to ask for help.
Then I failed.
My fears vanished.
Failure in this office does not mean that you are going to get fired or that everyone is going to condemn you and your work. Here, failure is an opportunity to grow and become successful in areas that you did not know existed.
When I first started, I could not figure out how to properly set up a meeting in Outlook or why I was told to write in all lowercase all the gosh darn time. I was handed a number of significant tasks, and I could not put my finger on why they would entrust certain parts of the brand to an intern. I legitimately thought these people were crazy.
Nevertheless, I realized they wanted to test my limits and creative thinking skills. They wanted to push me beyond my limits, to know if I would sink or swim.
Yet their teaching methods truly worked because I have come out of this internship with my head held high and a wealth of knowledge under my belt. I learned that making mistakes is inevitable, but how you respond to those errors is what will separate you from the rest of the pack.
Asking for help is important. Never be afraid to get a second opinion or set priorities and deadlines for projects. Learn, learn, learn. If you do not understand a topic or the direction you are supposed to go in, find resources and don’t be afraid to use them.
In life, you need to advocate for yourself, stand up for what you believe in, and learn to work well with others. I can say without a doubt that I will walk away with a better understanding of these life skills.
When you become a member of the Ventev marketing family, you join a varsity team, and I look forward to always being a part of it. Thank you, Ana, for always teaching me. Thank you, Laura, for always challenging me. And thank you, Scott, for always believing in me.