Soliloquy of an Intern
By Madhuri Gokhlani
Internships are supposed to be crucial to enhance the experience heading in one’s resume. These are not merely a title to bear but could be the awesome learning curves in that tender age when workplace jargons are new and work ethics are an unknown chapter. Fortunately, I happened to live such a opportunity this winter.
“Start putting some makeup to look a bit more professional. You are not posing a college kid, but you are representating our Organization when you go out there, even if you are an intern.” If on the very first day, the senior VP of the organization gives you such an advise, you definitely would be perplexed.
SCARED, for you are not actually what it requires to be.
Or ELATED, for you realized that you can be as much a representative of the organization, as any other confrere.
Or INDIFFERENT, you might be too sceptical about things in this case, as you keep wondering why you must take this initiative in the first place to abridge the imperfection.
Well, what fascinated this newbie after this was that I had finally found a critic who advised me to face the mirror not because she wanted me to see a reflection of my flaws but to put forth the etiquettes that I might me ignorant to have seen it earlier. And, then the ship was set sail and the journey began.
Coming from a premier college, having good grades and thinking yourself as street smart might be enough to get you in but not to keep your ball rolling. It invokes you to venture your perspective many a times, but to gain a new and probably a better one. So what this place made me learn over that period of time is umpteen.
I Learned, to treat people and to treat myself. Greeting a person with a calming smile and being concerned about their life by asking a simple yet greatly impactful question “How are you?” does make you connect with the person, be it anyone. Having said that, isn’t business about making connection with your clients? It definitely is, to the best of my understanding belonging to a business family. You will learn all of it when your humble senior colleagues exercise this etiquette even when you don’t.
I LEARNED, to live the blues with no melancholy. Though I enjoyed my tenure; not every day of it at workplace turned out to be a pleasant one. I certainly was granted the liberty to learn by making my own shares of mistakes but within the threshold limit and sometimes taught to have a sense of realization of this fact the hard way. For greater good, after every such eerie happening followed a piece of advice from my mentor of same worth as a verse of Bible may be for a follower.
I LEARNED, to be accountable for my team as a supervisor. As they say, “You pull strings together with your team”, but nobody ever breaks it to you that you suffer their sufferings. Enough of times, I had to go out on a limb covering their misbehaving, reverting their pain on myself. My mentor would empathize with me on this. This is what leadership is, not giving up on people.
I LEARNED, what being presentable means. It’s not always a synonym for ‘get suited up’ like in most of the organizations. It is going about your work in accord with the occasion. I was welcomed in denim in equal measure as long as the day is not scheduled with going out and representing the organization to the external clients.
Words might fail me in explaining it all. This place is much more than all this. From sharing bread to equipping you with helping hands when you are in very need, defines the mechanism here. A buoyant feeling of equality flaots in when you eat with your bosses on the same table. You are bothered to think and give a damn if you don’t; for your perspective matters. To soothe the heat, there’s a party being thrown every now and then (not messing up with work hours and place) in which, regardless to say, every Newtonite is as welcomed.
To be conclusive, I would say this place certainly imparts the etiquettes into you until you aspire to sop it up and be a maverick like everyone else at there. The epiphany of ‘I know that I don’t know’ is the best equipment of a self-critic.