I started the ITWorks program in March. After 11 challenging weeks in the classroom, I have been putting my knowledge to work with my internship at the University of Delaware’s College of Art and Sciences. The knowledge I gained in the classroom is definitely important to my success in my internship, but I’ve learned even more about what I can expect in the workplace. Here are five things that my IT internship has taught me. Read on to learn more!
- One of the best lessons I’ve learned is, organization is the key to success in the work place. Without it, you as an individual and your team can succeed at nothing.
- Communication is paramount. You have to know not only how your team is doing on projects but what concerns each member of the team has. You all have a common goal and that is to complete the task at hand. If everyone is on the same page then the work gets done that much quicker.
- Always take an opportunity that may seem easy, or something you do a lot; to learn. You should always be improving on your skill set. Never settle. The more you know by heart; later down the road it may be something that is on a short list of a larger problem, and you can get that problem fixed quickly and correctly before addressing the more challenging aspects. That can give you more time to troubleshoot the much harder problem.
- Confidence is another huge thing my internship has taught me. I need to know what I can and cannot do. If I am unsure how to approach a certain task and do not have the resources to look up how to do it, it’s not a bad thing to say, “Can I get some help?” In fact, it’s encouraged!
- Don’t overthink a situation. It can make something simple a lot harder than it needs to be or completely wrong all together. Most of the time it’s a simple and quick fix. I’ve learned to trust my instinct if I have a strongly feeling about how to address it.
I took everything I was taught during the program – all the skills I learned, all the sessions on team work, confidence, and networking – and I brought them to my internship. They have helped a lot. Now that I’ll be graduating in July, I look forward to taking all of these experiences to a new job. I have never had more confidence in myself than I do now. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me. Thanks to the ITWorks Program, I can see a bright future in the IT field.
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