What’s the worst that could happen?

Our intern Mollie got loads of advice when starting her placement year. She ignored most of it. Here she explains why, and looks at how taking a Wired Differently approach to internships has benefitted her in ways she wouldn’t have expected.

Our intern Mollie got loads of advice when starting her placement year. She ignored most of it. Here she explains why, and looks at how taking a Wired Differently approach to internships has benefitted her in ways she wouldn’t have expected.

Everyone told me to stay in the same company for a year,  I chose to ignore them. Ever since, I’ve been constantly pushed out of my comfort zone and into new opportunities.

Jumping into the world of work is scary – we’ve all been there! But within the first few weeks of a placement you start to feel comfortable. Now, try changing company every month. Just as you start to feel settled, it’s time to go and you have to start building those relationships all over again with new colleagues.

University provides you with the knowledge you need for your first job but not all the skills. Some things have to be experienced first-hand. Moving companies every month has fast-tracked my personal and professional development.

Here’s how:

  • Overcoming nerves. My first placement was extremely nerve racking, so were my second and third. As I got into my fourth I started to get more comfortable with change. I began to understand how to work well in a company and leave a lasting positive impression. It can take years to feel confident when moving jobs; I cracked it a few months.
  • Talking to new people. A lot. I’ve worked with so many different personalities along the way, each one bringing new perspectives to the table.
  • Networking. I am very lucky to have built up a network of contacts, vastly opening up my opportunities after University.
  • Knowing what I don’t want to do. I’ve worked in sectors ranging from luxury automotive to telecoms. My roles have included everything from guest management to digital marketing. This breadth of experience has given me a much better idea of what I don’t enjoy as well as what gets me excited.

I may have only scratched the surface with some companies compared to a classic placement year. But in the 9 companies I’ve worked for so far, I… Managed all social media platforms for a brand, was floor manager for the Princes Trust Awards, was completely responsible for the launch of a new online portal, contributed to pitches, conducted vox pops for Sainsburys and loads more. Never a dull moment.

As you can see I have learnt a lot, and had the best time doing it.  Not following the norms gave me the best outcome!

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