I began my internship with a few concrete goals: to work on hard skills, such as programming and web development; to work on on interpersonal skills, such as communication and time management; and to develop a clearer idea, frankly, of what I’d actually like to do when I graduate. In the next few posts I’ll reflect on each of these areas, as well as on my experience as a whole.
Perhaps one of the most important things I learned while doing all this was what I don’t like – web development, that alluringly in-demand skill that’s mind-numbingly tedious for me. I also came to realize that it was the non-technical work I did that I often enjoyed most: doing research, writing, and even the design work I did.
Looking back, I’m almost surprised that I managed to fit so many things into 8 weeks. And I learned that working at a tech startup really does require you to be a jack of all trades in some ways, which I actually enjoyed. Managing those diverse tasks, moreover, provided ample opportunity to work on soft skills as well, which I’ll discuss in my next post.