I am so over these internships …

Not!

As I am writing my first story on “Medium” I told myself, “Danwin, write whatever the hell is in your mind!”, because honestly I don’t really care what anyone thinks, that’s not what I’m supposed to be worrying about! 😆

Okay so as the title says, and which I’m assuming you’ve guessed, I have had my fair share of internships.

I am currently in an internship and I couldn’t be any happier.

Granted, as a human being in the age we are living in, financial security trumps all other needs.

Where it all started …

My first internship was like a dream come true. It was a graduate role for a business analyst. Moving from a small town to the big city, I had stars in my eyes the moment I got an offer. In hindsight I probably shouldn’t have because it gave me tunnel vision. But, I was young and impressionable and I don’t regret any of it.

Not even when my bursary sponsors recalled me for work-back obligations. Fast forward 1200 kilometers, 16 months of minimum wage interning and working for a mixture of managers and supervisors … I am a better human being, personally and professionally. I was the at the bottom of the proverbial “pecking order” and I was okay with that. It gave me the opportunity to see the real mechanisms and workings of the company. It showed me the type of manager (person) I want to work for. It showed me the manager (person) in the workplace I want to aspire to be. I could take away something unique from every person I encountered, and that is the biggest advantage I appreciated while interning.

Where am I now?

I honestly feel like every company you get the opportunity to intern/work for is a stepping stone towards that which the universe has in store for you. The people and the culture of a company definitely makes the experience more enriched but the work you put into the opportunity is what counts.

Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room.
— Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

What I put in is what I will get out. It does not matter what you do and where you do it, as long as you keep a positive mindset and keep pushing yourself to always give, whatever it is you are doing, your ALL!

I promise you if you keep on putting in the HARD work and remaining positive through the tough times, you will achieve whatever goals and objectives you have set for yourself. Keep in mind I am writing from a position in life where I am also still in progress of hitting those target, pushing the envelope and blowing up the box! Don’t get discouraged when you end up in an intern position. Remember even professional athletes in any discipline started out as an amateur with a goal.

You just keep doing you!

Yours truly,

Future CEO 👨‍💼

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