Being an intern can be hard. You’re juggling school work, internship work, along with the other aspects of being in your 20s. Sometimes you’re doing so many things you question if you’re doing them right. This is why feedback is the most important aspect of your internship, but sometimes it can be hard knowing what to do with it. Below I’ve included three strategies to use feedback to its fullest potential.
- Take it and run.
Feedback from your supervisors and peers can be a great asset, especially if it’s in a form of a mid-term review or working feedback. The best thing to do with feedback is to take it and use it. If your supervisor says that your work needs to be double checked, you should make sure to double check your work in the future. This will not only show your supervisor that you value their opinion, but it will also get you in good habits to set you up for success in the future.
- Reflect, reflect, reflect.
Sometimes feedback can be negative and hurt your self esteem. If this happens it’s important to reflect on the feedback, and really understand what you did wrong. By reflecting and realizing what happened, you can ensure that you don’t make that same mistake in the future.
- Don’t be afraid to give your own feedback.
If you have an opinion, you should let it be heard. Don’t be afraid to tell the supervisor that what they are doing isn’t resonating with you. It may be a management style, or simply the approaches your supervisor takes. Don’t be afraid to speak up and communicate appropriately to make your experience the best it can possibly be.