3 Intern Habits Every Professional Should Develop

Fresh-faced hunger to succeed is vital for advancement

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As an intern, your eagerness to work and gain experience is at an all-time high. Your biggest goal is to impress your boss and show you’re worthy of that full-time position. Transitioning from intern to employee may seem like an easy transition for many, but for some the promotion can be difficult when one loses sight of the key professional skills that got them to where they are. Below are three internship skills that young professionals should never leave behind.

Complete every assignment with passion and eagerness: Even full-time employees are sometimes asked to do the tedious work. Rather than feeling like you’re above it, take a second to meditate and accept the fact that someone has to do the job. The passion you show in doing the smallest tasks will impress your boss and prove you’re also ready to handle the biggest task.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions: As an intern you are usually told with every assignment, “If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.” This same rule applies when you’re a full-time staffer. Also, having an inquisitive nature throughout your career can be an asset, ensuring you have more than enough information and know-how to get a job done.

Be willing to put in overtime: Many interns are more than willing to stay late to help complete projects and gain extra time to impress their boss. As an employee, it’s in your best interest to be just as willing to go above and beyond, just as you did as an eager intern, proving your work ethic is a notch above your competition.

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