Dear Madison, I'm not ready for work life!
After my last internship, I realised how unprepared I was for the corporate life. While I don't think I lack the skills (I've learnt technical skills and learn enough programming skills for an SCIS student), I feel like I'm not ready to face real consequences in a working environment.
I also feel inadequate compared to my peers who have been doing at least 2 internships in university (some even more, I heard they were called "superinterns" now) and even take LOAs just for their internships. But now I'm in my final year, how am I going to stand out and be able to work, let alone even be hired for a full-time job
Thank you for opening up and sharing with me some of your worries regarding adapting to the working world. I want you to know that it's perfectly okay to feel the way you do. The transition from the sheltered environment of university to the dynamic and demanding professional world can be intimidating, but it is important to remember that making mistakes is a part of life and learning. In fact, it's when we embrace our slip-ups that we grow the most!
It is heartening to see that you are well-aware of the skills and abilities required for your career path. Your passion and commitment to personal and professional growth are evident. While some of your peers may have more internships under their belt, it's important to focus on the quality of your experiences rather than the quantity. Think about the skills you've acquired, the knowledge you've gained, and the impact you've made during your internships. It's not just about how many internships you've completed but how effectively you've utilized those opportunities to grow and learn.
As you approach graduation (happy advanced graduation by the way!), I'd like to suggest that you direct that passion towards exploring the graduate programs that many companies offer to recent university graduates.
These programs are designed to help bridge the gap between what we've learned in the classroom and what's needed in the real working world. They often provide a structured introduction to the corporate environment and can last anywhere from a few months to a couple of years, depending on the company and industry. What's great about these programs is that they give you the chance to explore different roles within the company and gain a broader perspective.
Another rewarding aspect of these programs is the mentorship that they offer. Experienced professionals are there to guide you as you embark on your career journey. They share their wisdom, provide valuable insights, and can introduce you to a network of helpful connections. This kind of mentorship can be a game-changer for your career.
Moreover, participating in a graduate program can often lead to a full-time role within the company. Many organizations use these programs as a way to recruit top talent, with the goal of hiring high-performing participants once the program is completed. This means that a successful stint in a graduate program could open the door to a long and fulfilling career within the company.
In the professional world, it's not just about your past experiences but also your potential, your attitude, and your willingness to learn and adapt. So, have confidence in your abilities, embrace the journey, and continue to pursue your goals with determination. You are more capable than you may think, and your journey can be a significant asset as you enter the working world.
Also, remember that your journey doesn't end when you secure your first job. It's just the beginning of a lifelong learning process. Be open to new challenges and continuously seek ways to improve and expand your skill set. The professional world is dynamic, and adaptability is a highly valued trait.
I hope this provides a sanctuary for you and if you ever have more questions, concerns, or just need a friendly ear to listen, feel free to reach out to me again. I am here to support you every step of the way.
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