Living and Working Together
Networking is an invaluable tool, luckily I have been able to hone this skill at Findlay so I felt prepared to make connections on my internship. Both the cadre and other interns have continuously supported each other and have formed great bonds.
Living with the people you work with can be challenging, especially if members of the group don’t get along. I’m happy to say that, for the most part, the other interns have been great, both at work and at our â€œhomeâ€ at the Econolodge. Working with the people you live with is a great way to challenge your professionalism and courtesy. When is an appropriate time to talk about non-work related activities? When do you take a break from work and enjoy each other’s company? Most of this is answered by the work environment.
You also learn how to deal with the people you do not get along with. Living and working together can wear on a group, no matter how close they become. Two and a half months is a long time to live in the same motel and work in the same office. The nature of our work, though, and the passion of the people working have helped this problem. There is always an adventure to be had with one of the companies and sometimes interns who have spent the whole day in the office will go with the other interns into the field. This was also beneficial to me because then I was able to get a sense of how that particular challenge was run and where I would be able to shoot video from.
There are always divisions in a group, people who don’t get along with other people and sometimes that can be hard to get away from. Just keep in mind the reason you are there, the reason your co-workers are there. It won’t always be easy, but by keeping an open mind you can meet a lot of great people.