This past week, interns from around Indiana attended Indiana INTERNnet’s first engagement event of the summer at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Interns came together to network, explore the museum, attend a personal development seminar, and hear from a panel of past and present Children’s Museum interns.
During the panel, interns in attendance took in advice and asked questions regarding career paths and entering the workforce.
One of the biggest things that I took away was that it’s okay to not know what you want to do. Taking everything one day at a time was a large focal point that the panelists hit on. They all spoke on their past and how they got to where they are today. It was interesting to hear all the different ways they ended up at the museum. One thing they all had in common was they all had a point where they had no idea what they wanted to do or where they would end up. This was really reassuring to hear for me, and I’m sure for others in the audience. Not knowing where you will end up is okay. The only thing we can really have control of is taking everything one day at a time. Getting internship experience is only going to open your eyes more to see what you really want to (or don’t want to) do.
Hearing the importance of having a mentor was another great takeaway. Learning from others’ experiences can be super beneficial. Creating that relationship of having someone to go to can really make a difference in succeeding in the workplace. Making those connections while at in internship and keeping them beyond your time at a company leads to amazing outcomes and new possibilities.
Using your Passion
A piece of advice that the panelists gave was to use your passions to find what you want to do. An intern in the audience asked a question regarding finding the right path within a broad field of study. The answer given was simple: find what you’re passionate about and see where your interests fit within that field. In order to be the most successful and make the most out of your job, there needs to be passion and excitement driving your work.
There were so many other great pieces of advice given, but the last piece of advice that I’ll share is that no matter what the job is, do it with the best effort you have. Everyone is going to have to do some dirty work and start somewhere. The only way you can get to where you want to be is by starting at the bottom. Working your way up to the top also helps give a better understanding of all the jobs throughout the company. When you get to the top you have more respect for the work that’s done.
The whole event was an amazing experience and super helpful for all interns. If you missed this Summer Engagement Event don’t worry, we still have two other events this summer! For those not around Indianapolis area, you can check out my previous blog post about how to get involved in your area!