Day 7: The Balancing Act

There is a delicate art to the balancing act of being busy and looking for something to do as an intern.

When a person takes on an intern like myself, one has to realize how much work that person actually has to put forth to take you on and mentor you. They have to create jobs for you, teach you skills, double check your work and give corrections. It takes a lot of time out of their jobs to make sure that you are taken care of and have something to do all the time. This is important to keep in mind when you are sitting there looking bored after finishing an assignment quickly.

While I’m not saying you should lose that eagerness to get work done, also try to appreciate taking your time to really make the full deep dive into the assignment they gave you. Why rush and sit at your desk without anything to do when you can try taking the information given to you and really soak it in and think about it? Take it further, ask yourself questions and test yourself after completing the task so that you know that you really have a handle on it and could repeat it again later. This is how you truly learn new skills right?

I’m guess I’m saying that being efficient may not work in your favor if you have an internship because your bosses may not have the time or the ability to keep you constantly entertained during the work week. Sometimes you need to be a little independent and take the initiative yourself. Instead of using your downtime to scroll a Facebook feed, trying looking up something else that is related to your job and learn something new. Look for research/academic articles on your interests and see what new discoveries there are out there. It’s a better use of your time and abilities and could help your boss in the long run. Say you found the design principles of Chick-Fil-A restaurants interesting (because I just happened to be poking around our design standards folders in the LEED resources folder) then your boss could add in some assignments around researching products, a win-win if you ask me! 😉

Did I mention that I’m working on/helping out and learning about LEED certification through the Chick-Fil-A projects? (the little girl in me who would only eat at Chick-Fil-A is freaking out at how cool I am right now)


June 23rd, 2016

p.s. Today I got to shadow my first building tour with Bonnie leading it (for important guests or people who come in with specific requests for their tours on nontraditional tour days have upper employees lead tours rather than the interns.) It was really cool to see the details she added to the tour that wasn’t in the tour guide manual I’ve been memorizing.I like to learn the little things, obscure facts, so this was a little treat to my day!

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