According to the acceptance letter I signed for my internship back in October, today was supposed to be my last day as an account services intern at TPN. However, my internship was extended through the end of March and depending on how next week goes, I could be transitioning to a different team for a full time position in February. Considering that I’ve been on the job for 3 months and have completed both a 30-day and 90-day review with my manager, I felt it was time for me to evaluate myself. Some of the things I feel I need to work on are birthed from conversations in my review as well as experiences I’ve had on the job.
- Talk more – I’m naturally a calm, quiet person and at times, people don’t know if it’s because I’m satisfied with what I’m doing or if I want to be elsewhere. I’ve always been more of a listener or observer (unless a sarcastic, funny thought comes to mind). Going forward, I plan to make an effort to talk more outside of the cafeteria.
- Attend more client calls and kick off meetings – Every once in a while, I have days where not many jobs are on the to-do list. Those are the days that seem to take forever to pass by. Instead of just accepting the meeting so it’s on my calendar, I will do my best to go to as many calls as I possibly can as long as it doesn’t interfere with my AC duties.
- Nag earlier in the day – It would be a lie if I said that I didn’t know how to remind people to get things done; however, constantly reminding people who are more senior than I am is intimidating at times. In order to meet more of my deadlines or even get stuff out of the door earlier, I will reach out to people before we’re down to the wire on time. Why? Because staying at work past 7 pm on a Friday night isn’t fun.
- Be a better self starter – As an only child, I definitely know how to keep myself busy, but going forward I want to figure out more ways to keep myself busy during down time that will help out my team’s efficiency in the long run.
That’s just a short list of things I plan to improve. The account coordinator position is one that I’ve enjoyed testing the waters in over the past few months. Call me crazy, but anything that keeps me on my toes and going will always be an occupation or hobby I’m attracted to. Life as an intern as been one of ups and downs, but the experience continues to teach me more about myself. I can only imagine how much more I’ll learn once I’m officially a full time AC.