I have been interning in a financial firm for the last three and a half months now and I still have almost a month more to go.It has been my first real corporate exposure and only yesterday I had a presentation regarding an update on the projects done by me during my internship till now with the senior management and once I was done with a nervous yet a decent show of my work I was asked a very obvious question by the CEO of the organisation.”What was your major takeaway?”I replied mostly about my takeaways and leanings with respect to my domain knowledge and since I had to keep it short and crisp and honesty does not work everywhere I could not share my major non-domain leanings.I might have to (most definitely I guess) present a report on my internship in my college as well when I join my college back.Some of these leanings are quite eye opening and practical but brutally honest as well.Hence these are not meant to be shared on platforms which directly or indirectly impact your career.
One of my professors who taught us HR( I never cared about his teachings or the subject before,but i guess whatever he told made sense) has said on the very first day of his lecture,” The way ahead towards success is an organisation is not dependent on your technical know how but it’s majorly based on how you make your path amidst the people’s maze.”So here are a few brutally honest learnings. It.It might not be true for everyone but I found them to be true in my case.
1.You will always find at least one such person in your organisation who you will have to interact with on a regular basis who is a complete jerk.It can be your boss, your boss’s boss(leading to a trickle down effect of “being a jerk”) or a fellow colleague and you got to learn to deal with them as you simply cannot avoid them.
2.You will also find some genuinely helpful and positive people who will lift your spirits up or make you smile on a dull day.
3.Do not piss the H R.They might seem to be the most useless people in the organisation (no offence) but they have a lot of control on the most important reason why you even go to work;your salary. You fuck with them, and they will fuck with you real bad.
4.The free food in the office in the form of cakes and samosas and other junk food (which comes on every birthday which happens in the company, and almost 3-4 such birthdays always fall in a month) should not be hogged on only because its free.It can make you gain weight like crazy.
5.Almost all the office canteen catering services are by south Indians(exceptions are there few times though) and if in case your office canteen catering service is provided by a south Indian be prepared to eat Neer Dosas and sambhar ,Rasam, and curries made in coconut oil almost everyday.
6.Since Interns and contract labourers are not provided the company transportation on the justification that the office busses cannot take in more people,no matter even if you find yourself standing and waiting for a BEST bus while its raining crazy and the office bus passes by you almost empty,take a deep long breath and stay calm.
7.The office quarter end parties are real fun.You as an intern do not get invited to them quite often and if you luckily get an invite do not miss it.
8.In case you get a coupon for free and unlimited boozing for the office quarter end party,do not feel cautious about the fact,”log kya sochenge?”.Do not think about it,it’s free and no one gives a damn if you drink or not.Go ahead and enjoy as long as you can be in control after all that free booze.
9.Be true to what you are.Do not pretend.If you cannot suck up to others,don’t do it.Pretensions wont last long.And if you want to last long in a company,be what you are from day one.
10.Always find ways to improve yourself and learn new things.Come out of your comfort zone.Take up challenges.It’s hard,but it will be totally worth it and will pay you back sometime or the other. Knowledge never goes waste(my mom says that statement so often!)The sooner you learn the better it will be.Do not try to avoid complex things,they will come and bite your ass at some point or the other.
11.People will try to pull you down or demotivate you but always keep your self sane.It’s not wrong to fall but it’s wrong not to get up on your feet back once you have fallen.
12.Always stay positive.Negativity never helps.There is always something good hidden in all the situations.
13.Always leave work on time(if possible before time would be good too!) Do not let the stress of corporate life take a toss on you.
14.Cling on to the hope,that Friday will come soon and you will have two days of awesomeness where you will not have to travel in cramped trains,run after buses or even get up at 6 am in the morning.
15 Last but not the least if you love your job,Great! If you don’t, ,”Your account has been credited” is a very strong motivator to continue.