Professionalism can mean many different things to many different people. Â However, there are a few commonalities observed across many disciplines. Â Shaking hands and eye contact are two of the first lessons young professionals are taught, and over the years they become the cornerstones for the lessons accumulated over the rest of their careers.
Many times, through many years, you will meet people that act like they are above the basic manners and the lowest courtesies of professionalism. Â The trick, and the most challenging part of having a job, is not sinking to their level. Â I have had my share of these situations, and each encounter reminds me that I still need practice with the art of emotional detachment. Â As well as the lesson taught by life and reinforced in my classes that “The client is always right.”
In every discipline, there is … Read More »
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 … Read More »
Now that Echo Company has arrived for their time at LTC (Leaders Training Course) my life has definitely increased on the work end. Saturday and Sunday I readied myself like usual and then stepped out into the still-dark sky to drive myself to work … at 4:30 a.m. I have to note that I haven’t really minded getting up this early, my day lasts longer and the mornings are so peaceful so it’s a great way to start off what is going to be a long and challenging day. That being said, running on 4 hours of sleep and no caffeine is sometimes a struggle and I look forward to curling up in bed at night.
Saturday was the cadets first PT (physical training) test. They had to do one minute of push-ups, one minute of sit-ups and a … Read More »
The young man next to me is sitting on the floor beside one of the many supports. Â He looks around every once in awhile trying to gather his courage. Â I started talking to him, asking where he was from, what he’s going to school for, etc. trying to distract him from the fact that we’re 50 ft in the air. Â Eventually, after a lot of coaching from the officers and support from the other cadets, he made it down the wall and was back up a few minutes later with a smile on his face ready to conquer the open side.
I don’t have a fear of heights (that was knocked out when I did a ropes course in the rafters of an ice rink) but as I told the cadet who was getting his courage to conquer his fear of … Read More »
I recently described my internship as “not so much a push outside of my comfort zone but more of a drop kick off a cliff” and I don’t think I could have come up with a moreÂ accurateÂ statement. Â (By the way the reply was, “The internship is doing what an internship should do!”) Â I am equal parts scared, excited and overwhelmed every single day. Â Being a naturally quiet person, everyday is a new lesson. Â I’m learning how to be outgoing, how to introduce myself, and how to be present in a conversation.
The other day I learned about teamwork as I watched the cadets race cadre (instructors) in building a one-rope bridge to cross the river. Â The team had to work together to tie the proper knots, support each other as they made their way across, all the way to the … Read More »
I’ve now been in Kentucky about two weeks and I feel strangely at home as I drive onto the base every morning. Â From the time I lace up my combat boots in the morning until I peel off the green socks at the end of the day I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything else. Â The teamwork just within the interns is awesome, no one ever really is working alone and it’s a great collaborative effort.
I’ve been going out with Alpha Company to get footage for my stories and I’ve already gathered a few good stories. Â Monday, I went up one of the rock walls at the high ropes course, and I plan on doing the Â high ropes obstacle course before I leave. Â The drill sergeants are awesome and so much fun to work with and always pushing everyone to … Read More »
So I’m finally in Kentucky! Â I arrived last Sunday evening after 407.5 miles, one traffic jam, only getting lost once, and lots of random radio stations. I consider that a successful first long drive by myself. We had orientation on base last week, getting used to where we will be going (which might take me a couple weeks) and what we need to know about working on the base. Wednesday we had meetings with our supervisor and the interns in our â€œgroupâ€ or, in my case, the videographers and photographers together.
We decided who would be working with each company and dug in a little deeper into what was expected of us and our projects. I was placed with Echo Company, they come in on July 5th so I still have a couple more weeks until my big project begins. Until … Read More »
As the days are getting closer to start my internship, I am getting excited and nervous at the same time. Overall, I can say that I am all set with my preparation to go there and start my new journey. I had two options concerning how I am going to reach Pittsburgh: one is flight and other one is driving. I decided to go with the second option considering amount of luggage I will be carrying with me, and itâ€™s cheaper to drive from here to Pittsburgh.
By driving it takes four hours to reach Pittsburgh, so considering the amount of traffic on the highway, I decided to start early so that I can reach there in the afternoon. Fortunately, that day I got lucky with the traffic and was able to reach my destination on time. My office is located … Read More »
Summer break has just begun for me, because as a graduate student we tend to have classes for few more weeks in comparison to undergraduate students. This summer, I will be working as an intern for R & D in Pittsburgh. Being a student, this internship means a lot to me because it represents applying whatever strategies I have learned during my graduate course work from past one year. Since my internship is based in Pittsburgh, I will be spending my whole summer over there. I am very excited about this opportunity because it will help me by giving me real experience for the professional world. Also as an intern, I will have the opportunity to learn more about my interests by working among a group of experienced people.
I still have a few days left before I start my work, … Read More »
As long as I can remember, I’ve been doing yard work, especially landscaping and mowing grass. I remember learning how to mow grass at a young age and always helping my dad out with the yard work. I must have done a good job because every once in a while, neighbors would stop by and ask if i could mow their grass for them. After my first couple jobs, I quickly loved the tax-free money. So, as the years went on, I continued to handle my yard work at home and started my own grass cutting business. I took care of several lawns and kept the jobs all through high school. I also had the opportunity to completely redo a neighborâ€™s landscaping. I went to his house, pulled out all his old shrubs and bushes, replanted new ones and laid … Read More »