Mykaela, an ITWorks Las Vegas Fall 2016 student, gives her advice on what to expect when you're starting a new job or internship.
Walking into this program, I had no idea what to expect. I was curious and, to be honest, a bit scared. However, the life skills, in addition to the technical knowledge, have given me the confidence to face the unknown. My internship was hosted with Easter Seals of Southern Nevada. The organization’s main goal is to provide services to those with special needs within the community. As an intern, I assisted in a variety of projects - from interesting adventures like climbing in ceilings to tasks as simple as resetting a password. It was a great experience, and I am leaving with some advice I'd like to share:
1. Uncertainty - I didn't know what to expect my first day. I definitely didn't expect a dog.
(I wanted to try to get a picture of Bandit the service dog, but you can't pet your coworkers.)
2. Excitement - A lot of excitement. So much excitement it will turn into nervousness and fear. I was scared my first day and there wasn't a reason to be. My new coworkers were outgoing and friendly. I felt at ease almost immediately.
3. Commotion - You're new, and people are going to ask you questions about yourself. Get to know the people working around you. Ask them questions when the opportunity presents itself. Everyone's job connects to the next person's, which eventually trickles past yours.
4. Positivity! - The people you are meeting along the way want to see you succeed. They offer assistance along with supporting words. Ask for help. There's no such thing as asking too many questions. Being open minded and positive allowed me to be comfortable with asking even more questions. Oh, and make sure to write down your questions. You might have follow ups later.
5. Surprises - Most days I didn't know what to expect when I showed up for work. While some days were busier than others, I always had something to do - whether it was appointed from one of my supervisors or I found it on my own. There was always something new to learn.
Looking towards the future, I am currently studying the CompTIA Security+ curriculum. As a goal of mine, I would like to work as a Digital Forensics Examiner working with local law enforcement or in the private sector. Prior to ITWorks I was unsure about my future, but now I am hopeful.
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