By: Aidah Kembabazi
With the semester soon coming to an end in most universities around the country, students are hitting the streets placing their applications in various companies before they go home for their holiday break.
At the university, field training or what we all know as internship is mandatory and for you to graduate you must have submitted a fully detailed report. Students get excited when it comes to finding placements for internship and have lots of expectations like allowances, comfortability in the field, employment opportunity after internship and enjoyment at work place.
With all these expectations, students tend to forget the vital aspects of internship. This training period has its own ups and downs and never should any student out there think it will go like a piece of cake.
The first hustle is receiving that call that the company or organization has considered your application. Many applications are barely even looked at but if you’re considered, and then you must have the gods on your side.
As you start your training, you must keep in mind that you’re just an intern and not an employee and quit assuming to get the benefits of an employee unless they are given to you. This gives an impression of an arrogant person. Some employees tend to take advantage of the interns and pile them with lots of work load all in the name of figuring out how fast they can finish work. As an intern, I know this can mean to be tiring and sometimes you may feel like running away. But remember you are there to get the necessary skill for your future career and not a chilling place.
With the current trends evolutions in the fashion world, students tend to pick up what they watch on movies or music videos, see in magazines and their idols and then wear them to work. Sometimes what we wear at the places of work doesn’t match with the dress code required at the work place. Most organizations have their dress code and as an intern you should respect it. Do not try to be like the employees who do not honor this dress code because you are not am employee.
Often at work places female interns are always given the soft spot by the male employees. Most of the time these guys are not just being kind to you. They are laying strategies and traps or even checking out your weak spots so that they can make their move on you. The female student doing internship should be able to read which faces really offer just for assistance without any strings attached.
Some female students use this as an opportunity to go hanging around with every male guy in the company to show their presence in the building. This will create a bad image and everybody will see you as a slut (I don’t mean to be disrespectful, just couldn’t find the right word to call them) and not that girl who wants to acquire skills.
Girl, get down your high house and know that before you, there were those charming, well-endowed independent ladies you found there and don’t think the guys were too blind to hit on them. Do what took you there. Acquire skills, Period!