As I reach the halfway point of my internship here at Bravo, I have come to realize that life’s speed is uncontrollable. It refuses to slow down, even when a change of pace is greatly needed. I feel like I haven’t been at Bravo that long, and I am afraid the next half is going to fly by even faster than the first. That’s scary to think about because I’m unsure of what comes next, as I will officially become a university graduate in December. After Christmas, I won’t be going back to school to spend my nights with my friends and complete countless hours of homework. Instead, I will either be searching for a career or beginning one. I’m hoping for the latter.
The real world is always closer than you think. It sneaks up faster than you can imagine, and that’s terrifying. I’ve spent my whole life in school. It’s what I know and it’s what I’m good at. But now what?
As a current Bravo intern, I am here to tell future interns that it is going to be okay. Although I don’t yet know what I will do after graduation, I know I have support from the people here at Bravo. So take this advice when you are in my position: learn everything you possibly can and ask for help.
My plan for the rest of my internship is to actively seek out more projects. I want to learn as much as I can from Bravo, so I want to delve into things before this invaluable opportunity concludes. There are so many different aspects of the public relations industry, so it’s important to absorb as much as you can during your time as an intern. Say yes to all the possibilities that are in front of you.
Do work with the energy industry, education, social media, advocacy, and more. PR has such a competitive market so you must be able to prove that you know how to develop and implement strategies for any scenario that will help an organization. Don’t be afraid to offer to help on anything that’s going on that is of interest to you.
Use the people around you at Bravo for their expert advice. Everyone here specializes in something that could help you one day. They’ve all also been through this transition stage in life. They know what it’s like to join the real world and how hard it is to transition at first. When Noelle Lorine found out I was attending my school’s career fair, she excitedly offered to look over my resume and help me with anything I might need. Ask them to help you prepare for an interview or critique your cover letters. Bravo wants you to succeed, so they will do everything they can to help you along the way. Use them!
When you come to this turning point of your life, always remember to look up. You have a great opportunity here at Bravo that will help you stand out among your peers in the future. You must remember to show the world what you have to offer from your experiences. When you finish your internship at Bravo and you graduate school, remember to go out there, prove that you are the best of the best, and succeed.
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