The stages from the reading include Expectation, Disorientation, and Transition and Resolution. While an intern searching for an internship or is in the process for preparing for one already obtained, there is a certain level of idealizing and imagining what the person will be doing and what the internship will be like. When they actually begin the internship and enter the workplace, they enter the next stage of confusion. This occurs because they may not know their exact tasks or not fully understand yet where they fit into the organization.
The three stages of transition into the workplace that Anson and Forsberg describe are expectation, disorientation, transition and resolution. Expectation is the vision the writer (or intern) has before starting the internship - which is generally positive. I know when I first landed the internship, I was extremely excited. I'm mainly a nonfiction writer, and with my magazine writing classes, I felt more than prepared to work with GRM.
My internship—which is comparatively unorthodox in that it's been going on for 9 months now—only kind of relates to Anson and Forsberg's defined pattern of internship: expectation, disorientation, transition and resolution. Half of my time has spent as a physically present intern, and half of it has been virtual, but only in the virtual half did I experience any semblance of the above steps.
The Anson and Forsberg article discusses the different stages of transition new graduates face as they go into the workplace. The first stage is expectation, where an ideal scenario plays through the writers head. There may be some apprehension of starting something new that also occurs in this stage. The second stage is disorientation. This is when the writer feels confused and frustrated with their new surroundings and is unsure of the landscape they have just begun working in.
I have been getting a lot more fun and interesting assignments at my internship the last couple of weeks. I just finished my first article for the WAR, Int'l Website. The article is about human trafficking increasing during the Super Bowl and will be posted this Friday in time for Super Bowl Sunday. I got to choose the topic myself and I did a lot of research once I had chosen. My first draft was well received by my supervisor and we were able to work together to finish it and get it ready to post. I feel a lot more confident now about being able to possibly do more articles in the future.
This past Monday, I learned how to post our articles onto the website. Using wordpress, InDesign, & Photoshop I was able to put it all together. However there are a lot of steps that go into posting. I had to seleect photos from saved files and change them in Photoshop from CYMK to RGB and upload them in two places on the post—the featured image slot as well as in the body. An image of the article from the physical magazine had to be taken from InDesign and inserted on the bottom of the postas well.
One of the tricky things about having a almost virtual internship is communicating with my supervisor. Luckily, Livongo's main office is in downtown Chicago, which grants me relatively easy access to their office via train. I am taking the train down the 15th, but it's later in the day, so I will not be missing the internship course that Wednesday. Since I work for a company that makes a product/service for diabetics (mainly type twos, but they also serve type ones), that allows me the opportunity to test out their current product and remark on anything I notice.
In Anson and Forsberg's article, they outline 3 steps that most writing interns take as they transition from academic writing to nonacademic writing:
- Transition and Resolution
The Anson and Forsberg reading discusses the struggle many new graduates face when transitioning from writing for an academic setting to one in the workplace, arguing that it require social and intellectual adaptations rather than a learned technical skill set. Much of this focuses on the need for writers to understand the relationship between the writing, the writer, the audience, and the context (whereas this relationship may not have been emphasized prior to writing in the workplace).
It's been a few weeks at Rev now, and I think I'm getting properly acclimated at this point. I still feel a little uneasy and uncertain about some things, but I don't think it's anything in excess of what's expected for someone wetting their toes.