Tomorrow is my last day of work for the summer. It also marks the end of my second “real world” job. Side note: I was a full-time nanny for four kids the summer after my freshman year. It was both hard and rewarding, just not in the corporate world. All that to say I think it’s a fitting time to think out loud about intern life. A little questioning,
complaining venting and reflecting. Some serious, some light-hearted, as usual. Thanks, Amanda!
Thinking Out Loud: Intern Life
When will I feel like an adult?
At my current internship, many of the full-time employees are just 2-3 years older than me but seem so much older on the surface. When I graduate from college will I automatically snap into grown-up mode and not want to be with younger people? Is there a natural sense of maturity that comes when you’re out of college? Seriously, tell me.
Why do some offices not have windows?
My office is a cubicle in an office without windows in a larger office without windows. I’m someone who needs the sun (or at least to see the sky) so being confined in a small, quiet space is not my ideal environment.
Can I go back to college now?
Man, college life is awesome. Even though you read about college bloggers saying life is SO busy (I’m guilty at times), it’s really not in the scheme of things. It’s just the right amount of busy that doesn’t make you go crazy and still leaves free time. Maybe I should have been a 5th year senior instead of graduating early? Adjusting to 9-5 (or earlier and later depending on the day) takes time. Especially when there isn’t any sign of life outside (see above about windows).
When will yoga pants become acceptable office attire?
I mean, we might have a woman president soon, when will we get over business suits? I need a job that will let me wear Lululemon all day, everyday.
When will I be done “paying my dues”?
I’m well aware that two years is no time in the real world, and I’m not even sure if internships count as part of those dues, but after doing a lot of monotonous work I want to move on to “real” responsibilities. Work that is mentally challenging and rewarding. I know the filing and scanning grunt work has to be done but when do I get to do less of that?
Do I have to enter the corporate world?
Short answer: No. Long answer: it’s probably more difficult to do something else right off the bat, especially considering the whole “paying dues” thing. I’m not even sure what I want to do, so I think we should start there.
My goal: find a job I love because work takes up a lot of time and energy
As much as I’d like to have an “easy” job, I need something that is mentally stimulating, challenging and within my realm of interests. I want to be passionate about my work. Internships are great because they give you a taste of the job without the longterm commitment. I’m lucky to have had this experience these last 8 weeks to test out the waters in a new-to-me field.
What I learned about the industry and myself this summer ended up being very worthwhile. I’m very happy I can escape back to the college bubble for a little longer, but I *think* I’ll be ready for the real world when it hits.