1. to restrict to or confine within prescribed limits, as prisoners of war or enemy aliens.
2. a person who works as an apprentice or trainee in an occupation or profession to gain practical experience.
Luckily, I am the second of these two definitions.
My name is Mady and I am not only a “person who works as an apprentice or trainee in an occupation to gain practical experience,” but I am also a 20-something living in downtown Toronto while exploring my passions in the creative field. You could say I am what they call a “millennial” and with that title comes a lot of stereotypes (both true and untrue). So this is the story of me; the intern, the creator and the millennial. Here’s my journey:
Okay, no, we are not starting at day one of my life. Let’s start at the beginning of this summer.
Internship was always described to me as this scary thing that would scar you for the rest of your young life. There were coffee runs, no pay cheques and work that monkeys could do. Literally.
Cue, Splash Effect. The most anti-intern environment ever. I started my first day relieved to have not completed a single coffee run or be someone’s personal monkey. But the one thing that I was assured, is that I would learn A LOT.
Millennials are often tagged as being lazy, confused and lacking a direction in life. So going into this internship I was sure this would be the exact stereotype that I would be facing. But no, on my very first day, I was refreshed to be handed over the keys to multiple large projects. But with such large responsibility, comes learning.
Splash Effect fosters an environment of growth and learning and I am so lucky to be apart of it. Every day I learn time management, new skills, creative processes, and how to eat, drink and type all at the same time. I have experienced new productivity tools, new software, new revision cycles, new processes…you get the drift.
As an intern, you learn A LOT and you have A LOT to prove. This is the first day of the rest of your life (had to fit at least one millennial stereotype), so you might as well start now. Start taking as many opportunities as possible and failing as many times as you can, regardless of your position.
Yes, I said failing.
I can just hear all the millennials out there saying “WHAT?! NO. ME, FAIL?! NEVER. I’M TOO PERFECT.” But that is where we fall into the stereotype. You need to take the risks and be humble so that you learn and grow. Don’t assume you’re the best blogger, social media queen/king, designer, fashion icon out there. Odds are, you’re not.
BUT, the one thing you can be the best at is learning and growing from your experiences. Be a sponge in your internship. Fully dive in and immerse yourself in your industry and role. It will make you not only the best intern, but it will prepare you for the future.
So, to sum up LIFE OF INTERN, PART I: Learn from your experiences. Even if that happens to be getting coffees daily, and especially if you’re lucky enough to be working on large scale projects. Take your successes (and your failures) and learn, you never know where it will take you.