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.
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".
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.
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.
This year Vault.com has named Evercore Partners as the #1 Best Banking & Finance Internship. The firm's business includes corporate advisory (mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, and restructuring advisors) with an emphasis on large multinational corporations. In addition, the firm is involved in equity sales, trading, and research and provides money management services to high-net-worth individuals and institutional investors.
The 6 - 12 week paid internship program is open to college juniors and MBA candidates working on a degree in business; and is designed to provide both undergraduate and MBA students with experience in mergers and acquisitions, as well as how to become strategic advisors. Evercore hires between 21 and 50 interns each summer.
Elliott Davis has been named one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina by SC BIZ and the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce for seven consecutive years and has been recognized as one of the Best Overall Internships by Vault.com.
Elliott Davis's Internship Program provides students with an interest in accounting a chance to work alongside team members where they can take on career-related tasks, do presentations, and assist with community outreach efforts. The internship program works to help students develop soft skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, and adaptability while also providing luncheons, social gatherings, and other enjoyable activities to help students network and learn more about the business in a more relaxed setting.
5 Easy Steps to Improving your Cover Letter:
- Address your cover letter to the right person.
- Capture the reader's attention by using key words and targeting your cover letter to the internship.
- Making your cover letter stand out.
- Make sure your cover letter is error free.
- Ask for an interview.
It's always important to keep the employer in mind when writing a cover letter. Refer to the job description so that you use key words to describe your skills and accomplishments.
Always focus on your unique skills and abilities and what value you can bring to the organization. Before sending out your cover letter, be sure to check out the 5 easy steps above.
Ranked as the #3 Best Internship by Vault for 2014, Bates White offers a 10 week summer internship program for rising seniors interested in a career in consulting. Interns receive extensive training and mentoring as they prepare themselves for a possible career in the field.
According to Greendoor.com, Bates White offers a salary range between $23 to $28 per hour for its internships along with a variety of additional perks and benefits.
Interns get a chance to work on specific projects with leaders in the field and completing an internship successfully could very well end up with them receiving a full-time job offer after graduation.
Each year I enjoy seeing Vault's list of Best Internships for the year. I like to compare them to some of the picks I selected to see how similar they are.
In selecting their picks, Vault sends out surveys to students and employers. To be considered as one of the "Best Internships", at least 10 interns need to respond.
So what decides which ones are going to be considered the best internships for the year?
1. Quality of life
2. Compensation and Benefits
3. Interview Process
4. Career Development
5. Opportunities for Full-Time Employment
In addition to these specific internships, I recommend that you go to my Top Internship Sites to see if you can find some "Best Internships" of your own.
Vault also offers many resources for students to be able to research companies, get career advice, find a job or an internship, or how to find a school.
Since resumes are professional documents, it's important that you check them over very carefully before submitting them to employers. You only have one opportunity to shine, so taking the time to review the document carefully and be sure to have it looked over by one or two people you trust, to ensure there are no errors that you missed.
Resumes provide employers with the relevant information on which to base a hiring decision so taking the time to look it over is usually a wise decision. Since the importance of writing a great resume can't be overlooked, writing an effective resume is often all it takes to get an employer to take notice and to contact you for a phone or in-person interview.