The End of an Intern: How to Work Two Jobs, Live On No Sleep and Not Lose Your Soul.
*This blog post was initially written a couple of months ago. Perhaps a slight oversight on my part, we were looking for a new intern at the time, and I didn’t want to scare the S**t out of them. After all we wouldn’t want my experiences, which are wholly unique (I was working nights and interning during the day for Brilliant) to put anyone off considering applying. So the following is mostly unedited from the original blog I wrote two months ago and now has the chance to see the light of day…*
My internship at Brilliant was for three months and so this will be my last blog. Just kidding, I’ve been lucky enough to secure a full time position, so you will be hearing a lot more from me.
As this will be my first blog post as a full time member of the Brilliant Team, I figured what better way to round off my experience so far; than with a post about the few things I’ve learned on my travels through this crazy little thing called interning:
In my last job for a large independent retailer, who shall remain nameless, I worked mostly on Social Media — filling my nights by scoping out the work of the elusive brand representatives; how posts were structured, their tone of voice and unfortunately having to address all manner of complaints. It certainly sparked my interest in Social Media as a career, but no opportunities for progression were available.
I was drawn to the internship at Brilliant as I felt the position mirrored some of my key skills and provided an opportunity to learn more about the strategy and thought process behind social media campaigns rather than dealing with the aftermath (as is often found in customer service!)
Needless to say I will not be looking back. I wake up each morning with a big fat smile on my face and get to be creative on a daily basis.
You may be stressed. You fear you are working yourself to the bone, but don’t worry my guess is you’ll end up exactly where you need to be. Just remember to…
What more needs to be said. Hard work always pays off, and I’d say more so important when interning. This is a way to get your foot in the door. If you don’t work hard, the door will slam. Bolts on.
Make sure though that you prioritise time with your loved ones, friends and partying. Put it in your calendar as you would a meeting. You’ll thank yourself later.
Over the last three months I’ve grabbed 40 winks wherever and whenever I could, providing there was nothing else I needed to do. Needless to say that was almost never. I slept on the bus, standing on the longest 10 minute train journey on my daily commutes and on the couches at my old job’s break out room.
And lastly… and this is probably the most important…
I used to say I was tired at the end of every shift. From working nightly, followed by 3 days at Brilliant and still finding time to enjoy and learn from all of the above, I’d say there is no such thing.
Randy Gardner stayed awake for 11 days and 24 minutes in 1964 (still the world record), so 3 days on hardly any sleep, for three months, doesn’t seem too bad. If you enjoy what you do, there is always more fuel in the tank.
And that’s it my first (second now) full time blog post.