If you’re in the middle of an internship in Australia, one of the best things you can do is talk to senior people in the business. That might be your supervisor, CEO, or another senior member of your team.
Tom Jamieson, COO of ZayZoon says, “I really encourage interns to try to talk to the senior people in the business they join. I know that can seem hard and intimidating but I’ll tell you – senior leaders really like it.”
If you’re just starting out, going out of your way to seek advice, offer help, or asking senior people to share their experiences with you does a few things:
It shows initiative.
It demonstrates that you are an effective communicator.
It increases your chances of your host company offering you a permanent role or connecting you with other employers.
Make Yourself Invaluable
When you set up a time to meet with one of your company’s founders or senior people, you may feel nervous. That’s totally normal. But we promise it’s way easier than you think, especially when you practice!
At the end of the day, Tom says, “You’ve got to do it. You’ve got to get out there. You know, make sure at work that you make yourself invaluable. This goes for your internships, but this goes for your job, too.”
So, if you really want to be invaluable, you need your company’s leaders to know you. To trust you. To like you. To understand your worth, your ideas, and what you bring to the company that sets you apart from the crowd.
Work 10% Harder, Earn 40% More
How else can you make yourself invaluable and increase your chances of getting hired? Work 10% more.
There are statistics that suggest if you work 10% longer, you end up earning 40% more. So one way to work harder is to be the first one in the office and the last one out.
But you can also work smarter. That means learning to prioritise your tasks effectively before each work day, so you’re making the most of the time you have. It means starting with the most important tasks, so you accomplish everything you need to.
Anja Goedhart is the Marketing Manager at Outcome.Life where she creates content to empower better employability outcomes for international students and provide host companies with diverse and passionate interns. A storyteller at heart, Anja is passionate about using words to create connections and communities. When she’s not working, you can find her drinking hot chocolates, reading books, and hanging with cats.
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