By Jia Song
Hey! Thanks for coming back and reading part two.
Today will be my last day work at the School of Communication Studies. And I want to talk about the skills for applying an internship.
First of all, I think the most important skill for any intern is communication skill. I am pretty sure that every comm studies student is good at it. Taking comm studies class is really helpful to improve your communication skills. For instance, interpersonal communication (COMM 20001) teaches you how to talk to people face to face efficiently, high impact professional speaking (COMM 45807) gives you a lot of opportunities and experience to be a public speaker, and also, non-verbal communication (COMM 45959) can let you have a better understanding about what people doesn’t tell you. All of that knowledge is so important in the workplace. Good communication skills can enhance your work abilities and help you a lot.
Second, and also the hardest one for me, is writing. I know not everyone is a strong writer, even if writing in your mother language. But writing skills can be improved by doing more practice – being able to write concisely is valued in any field. In a survey done by The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the ability to create and edit written reports was one of the top ten skills employers sought out in applicants. In the workplace, verbal and writing skill are both necessary. Basically every job needs to write emails and memos, and the organizational communication (COMM 35864) is a great class to help you improve your writing skills. The only thing we can do about writing skill is practice. The more you write, the better you will get from it!
The last one, is learn about yourself. It doesn’t matter what position you are in, you always can learn something from your job. It is always helpful to figure out your career path. Even if you don’t like your job, at least you know what you dislike about your career. The work experience give you a chance to know yourself. From this internship, I realized I still have a big space to improve my English, but I really enjoy it. I can see my progress and it makes me feel satisfied. And also, I have a better understanding about public relations, I never thought about being a PR professional before because I thought it would be boring. But now I know what exactly to do and how to do, I am even thinking about getting a master’s degree in public relations! Getting to know yourself and develop your strengths will help you to find the best position for yourself.