Linkedin is a somewhat terrifying black hole that represents our future after graduation, and by terrifying I mean TERRIFYING. The future is always unknown. We never know what to expect from it. LinkedIn presents so many wonderful tools and tricks to help further solidify your future, but that doesn't mean it's a scary and overall anxiety-inducing process. With websites like Linkedin, face-to-face conversations are becoming increasingly less popular.
I’m aware that LinkedIn is a really valuable tool for entering the job market, but up until this class I wasn’t aware of just how important it really is. A lot of the articles came back to the same few points: fill in all the fields and be active. They also stressed the importance of choosing professional photos and snappy headlines, and networking with as many people as possible. I think the latter will be the most difficult for me personally; I’m really not good at asking people for help—or recommendations. Or even for friend requests on Facebook.
A lot of the work I’ve done has been independent so far, and I think the level of responsibility I’ve been given for this internship is just a little bit frightening (but hopefully in a way that motivates me to do well.) For the first time, my work doesn’t exist in an academic vacuum; it actually has real impacts on the world. I’m going to be rewriting content for the website, and it’s not just suggestions I’m making that someone more experienced and knowledgeable can either accept or disregard—in this case, the person with experience and knowledge is me!
I think of the stages this article describes, the one I feel closest to is the “alienated independence” stage, though I’m not sure I feel all the frustration they describe. Because GVSU’s writing program emphasizes both professional and creative writing, I’m not unfamiliar with writing in a professional environment. I think the authors of this article are somewhat too specific in their descriptions of the stages of transition, and too limiting.
My internship is still pretty new, so at this point I’m doing a lot of brainstorming about some of the ideas we’ve discussed that would be my responsibilities. I’ve been doing a lot of planning and research on running usability tests, so we can get an idea for what needs to be rewritten for the Study Abroad website. I’ve also been sketching out some ideas for blog entries to post on the Study Abroad blog, though ideally I wouldn’t be the only one contributing.
This past weekend, I had a busy few days juggling my two jobs. I attended two women's basketball games for my internship on Thursday and Saturday, while attending two high school basketball games Friday for my second job at the Holland Sentinel newspaper. I have been doing this since September, but the amount of time I spend at events or writing articles will always be a grind on the weekends.
The past week at my internship site was a busy one. My main supervisor is finally back from her vacation, which seems both good and bad. I had really gotten to know the other writer at the site who I had been working with, since she's the one who I have been working with these past two weeks. My main supervisor is really nice, I just don't feel like we have the same rapport that the woman I had been working with and I did. Hopefully with a little time we can get there.
Because my virtual internship blog site is new and not yet up and running on the internet, I feel like I will have contributed a fair amount of articles by the end of my internship (about 25 blogs). Although this is probably not even a fraction of the blogs that this website will eventually have, I am happy to help them start it. I do not know this for a fact, but I am confident that there are other people like me who are writing similar travel and food articles for this website, growing the total content of the website.
I received feedback on my first grant proposal, to which the founder of the organization said it was good (but not much else). I am continuing to develop different options for a brochure redesign. I am meeting with my supervisor and the founder today to discuss which design they like best and what changes can be made. I am hoping to get some grant writing feedback out of today as well because it will be my first in-person meeting since I submitted it for review.
This has been an interesting week for the internship, and one that confirms my having a fairly cool supervisor. I was invited to give a panel presentation at Marygrove College in Detroit — requiring my attendance on Monday and Tuesday of this week — and even though the invite was very last minute (I only heard from them on the Thursday before), my boss was really cool about letting me work remotely. (This isn’t the first time either; he’s even reached out a couple mornings when the weather was pretty rough and offered the chance to work from home.)