Saturday December 7, 2013
The holiday season is here and so are the endless weeks of holiday get-togethers and parties. If you are an intern, or recently completed an internship with a company who invites you back for the holiday party, here are some things you should think about before you go.
Holiday parties can be a joyous and fun occasion for everyone. They can also be an opportunity for interns to share their personal interests and hobbies outside of work. Previous work or volunteer experiences you have completed would most likely be of interest to those with whom you work; as well as, sharing stories about your college experiences can also help others to get to know you better. These conversations can build on developing stronger relationships with colleagues and help them to create a better understanding of who you are and your personal goals and aspirations.
If you donate time to a worthwhile charity or volunteer organization, these are good things to share with others. Sharing this kind of information can help foster a new respect and understanding among co-workers and may even be the beginning of developing new friendships in the process. Meeting new people and using the party to engage in some networking, is definitely a way to make positive use of this opportunity to socially mingle with co-workers. Your ability to handle social situations gracefully will show your employer that you not only function well in a work environment, but you also possess valuable social skills as well. These are all examples of ways to make the holiday party productive and help to further solidify your working relationships.
On the other hand, holiday parties can spell the road to disaster for both employees and interns. Rather than discussing ideas, interests, hobbies, and college life; conversations may enter into areas such as politics, religion, or any other conflicting topics that are often best avoided in the company of acquaintances and co-workers. Since alcohol is oftentimes served at holiday parties, some people may tend to drink too much which can create behavior ranging from silly to stupid and even a little obnoxious.
As an intern it is extremely important to maintain your professionalism, both inside and outside of work. If you have a talent for art or music or donate your time to a local camp for disabled children, by all means share your passion and let people know about your interests. On the other hand, if you have strong political opinions or other strong beliefs that may cause controversy, the office party is not the place to voice them. It is also not the place to show how much alcohol you can consume; plus by limiting your consumption to one or two drinks, you will be able to maintain your professionalism with no problem.
Saturday November 30, 2013
If you have every intention of rising to the top of an organization quickly, here are 10 steps you may want to follow. Having a plan by setting realistic goals is the logical first step and then it's a matter of a series of behaviors that will lead you to achieving success more quickly.
The first 5 steps to achieving success quickly include:
1. Strong work ethic
2. Exceeding company expectations
3. Taking on additional responsibility
4. Paying close attention to detail
5. Dressing the part
To learn more, please review the articles "10 things You Need to Do to Get Promoted Quickly" and "Marketing Internship s Can Lead to Becoming a Future CEO".
Tuesday November 26, 2013
Looking for an internship in investment banking? You might want to look into opportunities with Houlihan Lokey since they have been named the #1 investment bank in their class for the past 10 years and are also one of the largest privately owned investment banks in the world.
Houlihan Lokey is a global investment bank that provides capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, corporate restructuring, and financial advisory services as well as assistance in the sale of distressed assets for mid-market companies, in addition to being involved in raising private and public equity for clients.
In addition, Houlihan Lokey offers an excellent salary for its Summer Financial Analyst internship positions with pay ranging between $5,765 and $6,237 monthly depending on each student's background and experience. Interns work on a variety of projects that will provide them with an introduction to the various aspects of investment banking services and client industries.
If you are interested in securing an internship in investment banking, check out Houlihan Lokey's website and locations around the world.
Saturday November 23, 2013
Are you interested in a career in marketing? If so, did you know that more CEO's come from a sales and marketing background than any other discipline? For those aspiring to make it to the top, completing one or more internships in marketing can be a logical first step.
One of the reasons that so many CEO's come from a sales and marketing background is that these fields encompass so much about the business world, while also giving direct access to the consumer. Marketing professionals are the ones that bring into public consciousness all of the products and services that are available to consumers through advertising and public relations campaigns that spans every industry.
Internships in marketing can help students determine if it is the right field for them and if there is an area in which they will choose to specialize or become a generalist who focuses on a broad range of skills. Interns may elect to do market research while pursuing a degree in business, economics, or marketing. An intern in product marketing or product management can be pursuing a degree in engineering, marketing, business, or communications. Internships in marketing communications can include both internal and external communications, advertising, public relations, and website development.
One thing college students can do to determine if they have what it takes and if they possess a real interest in marketing, is by completing an internship in the field. Marketing spans all industries so finding an internship in the field is usually not that difficult.