How to Make the Most of your Internship

Once you have secured your dream internship, it is important to use every moment of it to learn more about the career path you want to travel down. You may only be aware of the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the potential experiences it could offer, so take the opportunity to find out more and dive in with both feet. An internship in the travel industry can span the entire globe, offering endless possibilities and opportunities that only need discovering.

Today, internships are often seen as a test run for employment, with some interns being offered a job upon completion of their internship when vacancies become available, so it is important to treat yours as if it was a real job. Make the most of your internship by being enthusiastic, asking questions, seeking constructive feedback and above all, enjoying your experience.

Identify your Goals

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Before you start your internship, identify and write down what you want to learn and accomplish from your time there. When you begin, look to see if there is the opportunity to learn more about any specific areas of the industry that interest you or new ones you hadn’t known of. Use your initiative and seek out new learning opportunities by offering to help with projects that attract you. Set yourself goals and work towards achieving them, it will show a positive professional attitude and ensure you make the most of every moment of your internship

Be Flexible

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Internships will often need you to do a wide variety of tasks, depending on the needs of the company. Embrace this opportunity to learn as much about the company as a whole, as it will help you in refining which area of the industry most interests you and set you further on the path to your dream job. Be a team player and if you become aware of a task that you could help with, offer your assistance. Not only will it help that department, it could also result in potential further work and new learning opportunities.

Learn New Skills

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Working as an intern is a learning curve entirely different to that of the classroom. There are so many new skills available, ranging from navigating the company’s online system, to writing an article or report. Make the most of what is on offer and learn as much as possible, whether from your training or from your colleagues. If you don’t feel confident with content writing, for example, ask if there is anything you can practise on or training you can complete. Actively listen and soak up the information surrounding you; the opportunity to use it could be just around the corner.

Improve your Employability

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Although there is much to learn and absorb in a relatively short amount of time, don’t forget to enjoy yourself at the same time. This is a chance to work in an area that you love, alongside like-minded people who share your interests and who you can learn from. Approach your work in a positive way and even the inevitably less fascinating elements of the internship will be enjoyable. Enthusiasm will always be positively received and open more doors than negativity. Immerse yourself in an industry that fascinates you and you will come away motivated, inspired and equipped for your career path ahead.

Stay Positive

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Although there is much to learn and absorb in a relatively short amount of time, don’t forget to enjoy yourself at the same time. This is a chance to work in an area that you love, alongside like-minded people who share your interests and who you can learn from. Approach your work in a positive way and even the inevitably less fascinating elements of the internship will be enjoyable. Enthusiasm will always be positively received and open more doors than negativity. Immerse yourself in an industry that fascinates you and you will come away motivated, inspired and equipped for your career path ahead.
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