From personal experience, the days before your first day at an internship or any job is absolutely terrifying. From prepping your clothes, to preparing your bag, to making sure your hair looks just right, you somehow find enough scenarios for everything that could possibly go wrong. These scenarios can create anxiety and lots of nervousness before the big day. Hopefully these following tips will help you prepare for your next opportunity!
It's going to be okay! New experiences are scary and it's normal to feel that you're not prepared. It's all a mindset. Breathe. Calm down. Tell yourself you will succeed because 99% of the time, everything you thought would happen never does. If you start to get crazy butterflies in your stomach, turn that into excitement. There's no reason in stressing out over an experience that hasn't happened yet.
2. Dress To Impress (But Don't Try Too Hard)
Ask what to wear to your first day! Is it Business formal? Business casual? Casual? Make sure that whatever they declare as dress code, you look professional. Ironing your clothes is a must. Brush your teeth and fix your hair. Shower and wear deodorant! Fix your makeup. Shine your shoes. Never go with a revealing outfit. Remember to brush up on new trends and styles. Things that you thought were in style may be old news. Also your geographic location plays a huge role in your dress code (New Yorkers and Californians dress differently for example). As they always say, dress for the job you want!
3. Do Your Research
Never walk into any internship knowing very little about your place of work. Obviously you were hired for a reason so don't miss out on that opportunity. Look up important people within the company and recognize their faces. Research career paths by past employees, hundreds of reviews of businesses are online nowadays. Social media is a tool you can use to your advantage! Know how to negotiate. Learn some fun facts to strike conversation. As always, be curious. Research will put you ahead of the game before your first day, make you seem more intelligent, and ease your nerves.
4. Know Your Place
You're about to embark on an internship that puts you at the bottom of the totem pole. You're about to learn the ropes. It's easy to get carried away with a sense of entitlement when you score that big internship over your friends. Never get cocky because odds are you'll be doing mindless tasks. Internships are as extravagant as they may seem and getting a big head will not only make you seem arrogant but someone who people don't want to work with. Also, if you come in with a big head, your new employer will not like you. Confidence is wonderful but don't over do it, especially on your first day.
5. Connect With Fellow Interns
Friends will save you. Your fellow interns are here to help you. Of course you want to be an individual to be noticed in the office however it's better to make friends with your fellow interns instead of isolating yourself. You'll be amazed by how many opportunities you'll find out about thanks to a fellow intern. You're here to help one another out and to learn from each other. You never know if the intern sitting next to you is going to be a huge success. Be friendly. Be helpful. And strive to reach that family bonding environment. You'll love your last day of work not because of the experience but because of the people.
6. Pack Lightly
Get rid of that backpack and huge purse. You don't need a book to bring. Check to see if your laptop is necessary. Is your entire makeup bag necessary? NO. Leave the clutter at home. A notebook and pen will always be a good idea. A change of clothes is always an option for some professions but a no-go for others. Your lunch bag should be able to fit comfortably in your bag and if you don't pack, a wallet is lighter. It's important to adjust to the rest of the office by packing lightly and then bringing what you need once you know your day-to-day.
7. Prepare Proper Transportation
Driving? Check commute times. Subway? Know what line you'll take. Train? Find the station. Walking? Prepare for weather and use proper shoes. Biking? Hopefully you're not bicycling up the hills. Flying in? Don't miss the flight. There's no excuse to be late so make sure your commute is reliable and efficient. Things can go wrong and all forms of transportation can break. Make sure you're first day is ready to go with the best route available.
8. Be On Time
Not a minute late. Early is ON TIME. On Time is LATE. Late is UNACCEPTABLE. No excuses.