After graduation, many people turn to internships, either back at home after studying abroad or heading overseas again.
Internships are all about gaining valuable experience in order to put you in good stead to not only land a good job afterwards, but be prepared to excel in that role. A vital aspect of this, both in terms of the impression you make on your current and future employers, is how effectively you communicate in the workplace. Here, we explore three communication tools that will help you make the most of your internship and the future that follows.
Email is still the dominant force of communication in the workplace, at least for now, so it really pays to use this tool as efficiently as possible. One consideration is to know when the use of email is appropriate, as opposed to instant messaging such as Skype, or picking up the phone.
For example, sending someone a document they asked for with a quick chat message might feel easier, but retracing your steps becomes nigh on impossible. By the same token, if you’re taking more than a few minutes to reply to an email, strongly consider picking up the phone or talking face to face – the likelihood is, the message could be better communicated this way, and will save time.
Furthermore, careful consideration over the tone and style of emails you send can make all the difference to your image and perceived professionalism.
Social media savvy
Whether or not you’re specifically working with social media in your role, such platforms can potentially be great assets for your overall success. In many sectors, social media and blogging are excellent resources for professionals within the industry to share their ideas and insights, from the experienced thought leaders to interns. Actively engaging with this content, and the community involved, is a great way to constantly learn and stay up to date with the industry, and also discover greater networking opportunities. While face-to-face networking is still important, it says a lot about your passion and dedication to the field, if you’re willing to actively connect with its movers and shakers.
While a website may not be an obvious example, a personal site of your own can be extremely useful in highlighting and promoting the skills and experience you have gained from your internship to future employers. In this sense, a website is an invaluable tool for communicating your employability.
In times gone by, the only chance for graduates to demonstrate their employability was on their CV, and if that did the trick, during the interview process. Now, graduates have the opportunity to cast their net far wider across the internet, and in much more creative ways than before. You can easily create a website that’s tailored to your own personal skill set and experience in order to stand out from the crowd. Whether you have a portfolio of work to showcase, or want to prove your ability to present yourself dynamically, you can be in complete control of the first impression you project, free from the constraints of a plain two-sided CV.