Starting My Summer Internship
Hey everyone! I hope all of your exams went well, whether you’re a prospective student doing your A Levels or a current University student. Exam season for me was the longest thing ever, I had started revising at the end of March and my exams didn’t start until 10thJune, so it was literally 3 months of revision and by the time my exams actually started, I was worn out. But they’re finally over – I had 5 exams in 6 days so it was pretty hectic, but I had the best time at Neon on Friday so the stress was worth it.
I had mentioned in a previous blog post that I secured a summer internship within Human Resources, and today was my first day! I was meant to start on the 12thJune, but since my exams didn’t end until the 16thJune, I had to push the start date of my internship to 19thJune. The only downside to this was that I had to move out of my flat on the 17thand unpack everything on the 18th, so I haven’t had any time to chill after exams – I feel so knackered right now!
However, I feel so grateful that I managed to get an internship so I’m happy to go straight to work and get stuck into it. I was super nervous this morning because I knew it was going to be completely different to my previous jobs – I’ve only worked in customer service and retail, so I’ve never had to have major responsibility at work or actually had projects to work on. Although, I was introduced to the different tasks and projects I’ll be working on over the next 12 weeks and I’m so excited! It all sounds super interesting; it might be a challenge but I reckon it will be a learning experience.
I’d highly recommend all students to apply for internships at the start of their 2ndyear, even your 1styear if you’re determined enough and went to get as much experience as possible. At Warwick, you’re able to attend careers fairs, employer talks and talks situated around career sectors. That way you can figure out what sector you want to work in and then familiarise yourself with different brands that offer internships. There is so much help available for you so you don’t have to do it all on your own! I might do a blog post on tips for applying to internships, because I applied to so many that I feel like I have a pretty good understanding on the best things to do.
If you haven’t got an internship for this summer, another thing you can do is volunteer work or do unpaid intern work for small companies. These things you could do just for a week or two – it is still great experience, anything counts! I hope you all have a great start to the summer! I’ll be sure to update on how my summer internship is going over the next few weeks, wish me luck. I'm worried that it might take up a lot of time so hopefully my blog posts won't be too delayed! I’ll speak to you all in my next post.