The Devil Wears Prada is my favorite movie, go ahead and judge if you will but Meryl Streep is fantastic, and while I do not have a boss like Miranda Priestly, I do feel like Andie sometimes in the “Real World.”
Being an adult is hard. You have rent to pay, bills to pay, full responsibility for yourself and your job, and while some people can just get going, many of us are just trying to get by and work hard.
“Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.” – Arnold H. Glasow
We all want to be happy. Many of us want to be successful. Some of us want to be rich. And few of us want to never have a care in the world… or at least it seems that way. Sometimes when you’re paying bills and working every day you just want to be a kid again with nothing to do. However, while childhood may have been a representation of ignorance is bliss, there’s not nearly as much freedom as being an adult. For the first time, we have the option to design our own lives.
The only things that control us in adulthood is ourselves, society and our jobs. We have to make money somehow because we need it to provide shelter and eat, but we do have the luxury to do whatever the hell we want within those means. However, for those of us working jobs that are currently dictating our lives don’t forget that unlike the situation below, we do need to have a personal life. Which is why I’m pledging to watch a little less Netflix and do a little more exploring of this wonderful city.
Andrea: My personal life is falling apart.
Nigel: That’s what happens when you start doing well at work. Let me know when your entire life goes up in smoke, means it’s time for a promotion.
Until next time.
Hey Readers. I hope you’ve all been having wonderful weeks. It’s been a good week so far, not too crazy and not too slow. I only have 2 1/2 weeks left and I’m already starting to get depressed. I’ve learned so much this summer and I can only thank my amazing bosses and coworkers. I think this internship was what I’ve been needing, to figure out what I want to do. So while I hope you all get similar experiences at your internships, here are tips on being the best intern version of yourself.
- Be Yourself. We all have to have our professional fronts on, but if you’re in PR or Advertising let’s be real, we all like to let loose, make jokes and have fun at what we are doing. This industry is not boring, not even close to that word. Everyday is a new adventure filled with Don Draper and PR girl references.
- Listen. I sometimes have this problem. Yes, I’ll admit it, but I’ve been learning. Facebook and Twitter are huge distractions. I know it’s a part of our field, but only look when you are taking a break. You want to be fully focused, and social media during a meeting is a HUGE NO NO. Just don’t do it. You’ll miss something important.
- Always be there. If you have intern buddies, don’t go and try to find them and walk around the office all day. Yes, socializing is allowed but if you’re not there and not working, what will your boss think? Last summer this one intern was always late to work, came in sometimes or would take naps while their TD wasn’t there. I highly doubt he got an awesome letter of recommendation. Also, if you’re always there that means more responsibility for you (that’s a good thing in this field).
- Take note of EVERYTHING. Remember in the Devil Wears Prada when Andie and Emily always had a notebook with them. Take note of everything and anything. I don’t care if you have to summarize your notes later, you don’t want to miss anything. Imagine what would’ve happened if Andie forgot about the satchel for the Pony and Pier 59? She would’ve been smashed by Miranda and her Prada stilettos.
- Create trust. You know you’re doing something right when your boss trusts you. That means, not checking everything you do in great detail or trusting you to do work that is above the intern level. It’ll happen like an aha moment, either by you or in my case, another intern said “you must be doing something right.” If you have that Andie moment (because she said “that means I did something right”) feel good about yourself and keep doing what you’re doing.
- Ask for feedback. I try to check in with my supervisor every two weeks or so. She asks me how things are or if I have any questions, etc. I always ask if there’s anything I can improve on or if she has any feedback, etc. All feedback has been positive this summer, so I always feel good after a check-in.
If any of you have anything you’d like to add, let me know in the comments! These are just my tips on being the best intern version of yourself. Because at the end of the summer, we all want a job or to come back after graduation for a job. So do your best and kick intern ass.