Intern Help Guide Week 2-3 ⚡️ Things Get Easier

So by week 2 and 3, you will have a better hang of things. You’ll really see who is on your team, have a better idea of what you’re doing, and things will start to make sense. Some of those crazy acronyms will start clicking and you’ll have a lot of “OH I KNOW WHAT THAT IS” moments. Safe to say, I still get lost on my floor LOL.

My week 3 was jam-packed with this thing called PI Planning. Program Increment planning is basically a two-day planning meeting for the next quarter. This is done within an Agile. There is a lot of things that go into it. From logistical stuff to more of the in-depth planning. If your organization follows Agile, which is basically a practice of business to make teams and tasks run more efficiently, you’ll most likely do this. To all the business people: my definition of Agile is broad so don’t come for me LOL.

I will go into a post talking more about Agile but just know that it’s a business practice a lot of companies are switching to in the technology world because of how fast and efficient it can make teams. Technology is being developed at a record fast rate and the business needs to find a way to manage it: Agile. The idea of open floor plans and no cubicles is also the result of Agile.

I learned a lot during that time. It was a really interesting experience to see how all the different tasks came together and how they all related to one another. There are so many teams that depend on another. It’s a crazy experience for sure. I am in sponge mode and took it all in. It was cool to see how everything we were talking about fit into the grand scheme of things. Most people find this stuff boring but I love to see how people work.

Week 2

Week 2 is a great time for you to sit and have your 1:1. Your 1:1 can be with your mentor or manager. Anyone who can give you feedback on your performance, outline your goals, and address any questions or concerns. I schedule mine every two weeks. Feedback is super important no matter where you are in your career. Even executives get feedback. 1:1’s is your time to sit with your manager and talk about YOU. Your internship is your place to learn. This will give you an opportunity to see what you’re doing well and not so well.

  • They shouldn’t be more than 1 hour. 30 minutes is a good time frame.
  • Be prepared. Go in with questions, concerns, or thoughts about your performance.
  • Ask: what can I do to better support the team? what can I do to improve myself in this area? What advice would you give for _________? Who would you recommend I sit and grab coffee with>
  • Set your goals early. If you are in a technical role, mix it between technical and non-technical skills. Soft skills matter too. You should have 5-7 goals for your internship. At the end of your internship, you should have a few things you can take back with you to school or in another job.
    • For example, I want to improve my confidence in speaking to people in executive positions or I want to develop strong relationships within the company

You may hear some stuff you may not like. Don’t take it personally and ask how you can improve. If they say you’re doing great and you don’t anything to improve on, ask them how you can support your team better. There is always something that can be improved on.

Week 3

By week 3 you’ll have a pretty clear idea of how the rest of your summer will look like. You are almost at that halfway mark, YAY!!!! ⭐🍾🔥 Can you believe how fast it’s going?

  • Set up time with other people from different teams to really get to know the company but make sure it doesn’t interfere with your work. Ask the people on your team to see who they would recommend you to meet with. It can be your business partners, engineers, analysts, anyone. 30 mins for coffee or a lunch is fine.
  • Great a timeline of your project, what needs to get done, and when. You have deliverables to meet by the end of your internship. Make sure the right questions are being asked
  • The end of week 3 and around week 4 you’ll start to see where you fit within the company. You won’t have to give a response right away but ideally, you’ll know whether or not you want to come back to this company as a full time or returning intern. Be honest with yourself. Does this job or this company speak to what you stand for? Is the work fulfilling?  Sometimes the team may not be the team for you but the company is. There’s no rush in figuring that out but you should start thinking about it.

I hope all of your internships are going well. I heard a lot of positive feedback from the first week and I am so glad I get to share my experiences with you all. Thank you to everyone listening. I love hearing from you guys on Instagram. If you don’t already, please follow me @tkhoub for more Is Anyone Really Listening?

What I’ve Learned From: Listening

About a week or so ago, I took to instagram stories (@tkhoub & @teeksandeats) to ask what content you wanted to see. One of the polls was the ‘personal posts vs keep it professional’. About 89% of you voted for ‘let’s get personal’. First off, it is very easy for me to talk about my personal life to the people in my circle but being vulnerable online is scary. As a content creator, I want to create content that you enjoy but also reflects who I am. So here we go..

Isn’t it ironic that I have a blog called “Is Anyone Really Listening?” and even I have a hard time taking the time to slow down, open my heart, and listen to ones around me.

Something as simple as listening is something I struggle with. I have so much to say and frankly, I love talking about myself. If you know me, you know how frustrating it can be but my intentions are always in the right place. I notice myself not listening when someone comes to me with a problem and my instinct is to give them a solution.

My amazing friends have been very patient with me as I work to stop, listen, and not provide feedback. When I need someone to listen, I go the extra step of letting the people around me know “hey, I need to vent” or “hey, I’m going to go on a tangent and I just need someone to hear me”. Saying that gives the expectation to that other person to not offer immediate responses.

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Sometimes genuinely saying “I hear you and I understand you” makes a WORLD of a difference. Don’t say that if you don’t mean it. If you don’t understand do what you can to have that other person explain to you. Ask questions if you REALLY need to say something.

If you know me or have interacted with me you know that I have a pretty strong personality. It can come off as intimidating and sometimes even aggressive. Right now, I am finding a balance that works for me and makes others feel more comfortable without reducing myself to being quiet. What I’ve started to do that has shown a lot of success. I ask a sh*t ton of questions. Not to a point where the person feels like they feel interviewed but enough where I can get information or insight to the other person. I have learned so much from this. Some people aren’t as comfortable talking about themselves. Most of the people around me are more introverted and I love that because they are more methodical, intentional, and reserved when they speak. I try to emulate that in some ways and in situations where there are a lot of stronger personalities I tend to be the one to retract.

Having a strong personality is not a bad thing. It becomes an issue when the people around you begin to not feel heard, understood, or comfortable when they speak to you. I want every person I meet to feel comfortable and empowered to speak what is on their mind. I never want someone to think that I don’t care about what they have to say or that I’m in anyway judging them. I take it personally when people close to me don’t feel empowered so I am actively working to improve this.

All in all, there is a time and a place. Take a step back and ask yourself “Am I really listening?”. If not, ask questions, be intentional, or ask that person what they need to feel heard.