Everyone has to work their way up, from learning to drive a car to starting a new career, so don’t expect to get given the keys on the first day. When you are starting an internship at a company, regardless if it is in events, remember that you will have to show them what you can do and gain their trust; so when you are given a job that you may have done many times before, don’t be upset or annoyed, instead get on and show them what you can do. Also think if you weren’t there, who would be doing the job? They would.
When I started at Greenbelt I was originally given small jobs; making sure the Programming database was up to date, that contributors were not duplicated, that everyone had sent us their pictures and bio, however throughout the weeks I was given bigger jobs with more responsibility such as writing about each Trust Greenbelt project and designing the Trust Greenbelt leaflet to be handed out during Sunday communion. It took a few weeks to get to that stage because they needed to feel convinced I could handle it and because these small jobs had to be finished, everything I did helped and it didn’t matter how small they seemed.
I felt so much pride when I had complete a job and was able to tick it off, not only because I was able to start the next job but also because I was learning to do something new and learning that I could do the jobs I was being given. The relief and joy from knowing I could do these thinks is hard to describe.
Working your way through the small jobs to the more advance levels not only means you are able to learn new things or improve you abilities but it also gives you the chance to ask the small questions, the questions you may think sound stupid or idiotic. For example I learnt that the Bcc field, when sending emails, makes those emails addresses private – allowing you to send emails to loads of people without them having access to the other peoples addresses.
The more jobs you do the more confident you feel, I personally felt most useful and assertive when I came back for two days in August to help out before the festival weekend, because it was then that I realised how much I had learnt and retained. I was able to come back in and get straight to work which allowed everyone else to concentrate on their work without having to worry about me.
I am not saying that by the end of the summer I knew how to do everything or that I think I did everything to 100%, I made mistakes and found certain tasks very hard – and yes at times I was just staring at a computer screen trying to look busy because I was too afraid to ask for a little help. But there was a change from when I starting out on the 6th of June 2011 to when I finished on the 31st August 2011, a change in attitude and confidence as well as ability.