Its really sad that I have leave Chicago at the end of the Internship. During the span of my internship, I had finished all the work I need to do as well build a great connection with some of the firm in Chicago. So I guess I just want to do some reflection at the end on the things I can do better through my summer.
- Do more research before internship starts: Its always a good habit to prepare oneself before the internship. Just to know about the company and the industry can helps a long way during the actual internship. I did not prepare enough for the internship, so at the beginning of the internship I spent a long time to review cooperate materials and industry, which could and should be done before the internship starts!
- Don’t afraid to ask question and reach out to people who can answer your questions: One thing I most regrets during my internship is that I tried to solve a lot of problems by myself through the internship. I can strong problem solving skills as well as great confidence in myself, which is not a bad thing per se. However, I believe if I reach out to other colleague and advisors more often I should be able to save huge chuck of time as well as build some solid connections with other people in the industry.
- Master Multitasking skills: I use to thought I was good at multitasking but working in this internship really challenge my view on how to manage multiple tasks at the same time. There is a couple of days I been swamped with things on my hand still my boss will come to me with some new tasks. I really need to re-plan my day on the run. As the internship goes I become better and better in my multitasking skills, which is super helpful to handle handload stuff in a limited amount of time.
- Grab all opportunity you can get: I missed couple of social events and I could never know what kind of opportunity I could run into if I stayed for the events. I went to couple of LSA opportunity hub events and received couple of interviews. Opportunities are rare and valuable, if I redo my internship I will grab as much as I can.