I recently started my first internship working at a children’s museum. I never would have imagined that I would even apply for something like that because it involves kids and teaching; two things I did not find desirable when thinking about a future career. I actually decided to accept the internship because it was time for me to try new things. Plus, my summer would be pretty boring if I turned it down. This new job would require me to come out of my shell.
Starting something new, whether it is school, an internship, or a job, can be very intimidating. But it is so important for you to gain experience in different areas. Don’t look at it with the “I’m no good at that” attitude, think of it as a chance to improve a certain skill set. I was totally against education because I don’t like working with kids (which I had never actually given a try) and leadership scares me. It’s only been a week, and I’m having so much fun! I’ve already learned how to entertain the children, while also getting their respect.
Try not to refrain from things simply because you are afraid. You could miss out on so many opportunities! Any position you take teaches you something new about yourself. Even if you hate the job, you learn your likes and dislikes. In a way, it helps you to really get to know who you are and what works best for your personality.
The most important thing to remember is that someone will always be there to help you. I avoided applying for positions because I believed that I would be hired and fail at my job. If you’re like me, you have to constantly remind yourself that people with no experience do not start out being flawless, which is why training exists.
So come on out of that shell girl! You’ve got nothing to lose. Learn, network, ask questions, and do your best. You might meet someone that could hook you up with the career of your dreams!
Tierra Thomas, PABPG Collegiate Ambassador