From intern to employee.
Unfortunately, graduating from university is the easy part in today’s industry. After I walked across that stage in my gown and was handed my certificate, I was suddenly thrown into the 'real world'. I reached out to LEWIS in the hope of some work experience, and I managed to land myself a summer internship.
I was made to feel welcome the second I stepped through the office door and I now truly feel part of the team. LEWIS HQ is the perfect office environment, the playlists may be questionable at times, but with four-legged friends wandering around, I really can’t complain. I’ve been given the reins to all the LEWIS social channels, helped with the launch of our news page and LEWIS TV and even attended a social media event.
After throwing myself into these jobs, I was lucky enough to be offered a position here as a Digital Marketing and Social Media Assistant! Now that I'm settled into my role, I've reflected back on how I turned my internship into a job. There is no magic formula, but there are certainly some basic rules to follow:
Get to know everyone
I’m lucky enough to work with a friendly and sociable bunch, so it’s easy to strike up a conversation. It can be pretty scary being the ‘newbie’, but it’s not hard to have a chat whilst making a cuppa.
Make sure if you’re given work to do, you ask as many questions as you need to till you fully understand what is expected from you. It’s better to ask and get things right the first time. No matter how silly you think your question is, it's more than likely worth asking.
SWOT up on the company
I spent my first week here analysing and evaluating the company. This allowed me to properly understand LEWIS and their culture, as well as identify any areas for improvement.
Be open about your future plans
If you're on a fixed term contract, your boss may presume you already have something else lined up for the future. When I originally started here I had been accepted into a postgraduate course, however, after getting a taste of working life I decided to withdraw my application. I chatted about this over lunch with a few people and word spread around.
Ask for more work
You are wasting your time and company time if you sit about with nothing to do, a quick email out and someone will more than likely have some work for you.
Internships and work experience are definitely a must for stepping onto the career ladder, and I would encourage any graduate to email their CV around, you might land yourself lucky!
Do you have what it takes to be a LEWIS intern? We’re always on the lookout for creatives, get in touch today, we’d love to hear from you!