How to Be the Best Co-op Student - Friday, July 10, 2020
Being a co-op student or having an internship, is one of the best learning experiences you can have! However, it can also be scary and nerve racking to start working at a place you have never been before, with practices you don’t know. So we have put together a list of some of the best tips we have to ensure your co-op placement or internship is the best possible!
Professionalism is Key
Placements and Internships are not like any other jobs you have had before. These placements are the place where you learn what it is like to be in your chosen profession, so the first tip is to always be professional. What you can do as a seasoned employee at your part time job will not always fly within the professional world. Professionalism breaks down to a few simple things:
Be willing to Learn
School is teaching you so many things about your chosen career; everything from how to plan events to what is the best way to ensure donors hear your needs. But work is where you take that learning and apply it to real life events. This might mean you make mistakes or stumble along the way. Don’t let these mistakes stop you from learning from those already in the field!
Taking part in a placement means you will be responsible for tasks and work within the office. Taking responsibility and initiative for your work is how you will learn more AND how you will succeed.
Be Open and Enthusiastic
When you open yourself up to new experiences and everything that your placement has to offer, you will grow and learn and make a lasting impact. Be open to creating new relationships, learning to be a dependable team player and produce work that is excellent and on time. Be curious and not afraid to ask questions!
Placements are some of the best parts of school, and we know you will love it when you follow these simple steps for success!