Ashley Hager is a fall intern with Milliner & Associates, a staffing and recruiting agency for accounting, finance, HR and administrative employment positions.
Stress. Overload. Pressure. Worry.
These are a few words that come to mind when I think about working 20 hours a week and taking 18 credit hours this semester.
You know what, though?
Experience. Mentor. Learning. Opportunity. Thankful.
These are a few words that come to mind when I think about my internship.
Still to this day, an entire month after my first day, I am shocked that I get to work at Milliner & Associates for a whole semester. This is an amazing opportunity.
I wake up at 5:30 a.m. and get home at 9:30 p.m. from my evening classes. I have never had problems with time management before. I’ve also never really had a full schedule like this before either. It is hard finding time for homework, studying for exams, time with friends and family, and sometimes even eating.
I tell myself that it will all be worth it in the end. But to be honest, that’s wrong. I should be telling myself that it is all worth it every single day, every single minute, because it truly is. I can’t believe the amount of things I have learned – not only about my job, but about myself and who I am – in just a month.
“(My internship) is worth it every single day, every single minute.”
– Ashley Hager
The word mentor, before this internship, never meant much to me. I had never experienced it before, and because of that, I never knew just how important having a mentor is.
My boss, Nicole, is my mentor. I’m still in school, I know I want to get into recruiting. At this point in time, that is all I know. I have questions, like most of us still in college:
- Do I want to work in a recruiting firm, or corporate recruiting?
- What about campus recruiting?
- Who should I work for?
- What size company should I work for?
I don’t have to figure this out right now. I don’t have to figure this out on my own. That is where my mentor comes in. I often hear how important networking is. I believe having a mentor is as equally important, and I encourage you to seek out a professional mentor as well.