Confidence boosting tips to nail your next internship

If you are in your second year or you are going to graduate this summer and you have planned an internship in the next few months, I am sorry that you won’t be able to do it, due to this nerve-racking situation. However, it is never too early to start thinking about your first job/internship and how you can boost your confidence, so you make the most out of it. Use these tips, combine them with the free time that you have being under quarantine and prepare yourself for this experience.

Don’t be ashamed of your personality.

Never forget that an internship is about a lot more than just the final result. The recruiters want to see how fast you adapt to changes, do the other people like you and work well with you, are you doing well under pressure, can you prove all the skills that you’ve written in your CV, do you listen effectively to coaching, etc. At the end, based on these facts, your boss may offer you a permanent job for this or another position. That’s why you don’t have to be robotic and “perfect” all the time. Show your personality and make it look like you’re made for this job and you can be trusted. 

Lead and make an impression.

That does not mean bossing the others around, but leading the projects forward to success. Always double check the assignment. Ask specific questions, without worrying if you’re gonna sound silly. It is always better to get your task right, than not knowing what do and failing an assignment, just because you are too shy to ask. Think about how you can go the extra mile, so you stand out. Maybe you can help someone else with their project (after you’ve finished yours, of course), do more than you’re required or simply try to show that you are there to learn and want to make the most out of this experience

Celebrate yourself.

Don’t focus on the things you did “wrong”. Don’t compare yourself and your journey to others. When you accomplish something, take time to reflect on all the things you’ve done to get there and be proud of yourself for thinking you’d never finish, but you did. Use this as a learning, practice, and growth opportunity and don’t be too harsh on yourself if you don’t think that’s the job for you. Learn from your experience.

Get out of your comfort zone.

Your comfort zone is most certainly the reason you’re not growing and lacking confidence in a result. Take risks – start finally exercising, apply for your dream job, start that course you’ve always wanted to complete, learn a new language. Gaining a new skill and overcoming an obstacle can bring you a feel of pride you have never felt before, grow your self-esteem and give you confidence to keep pushing.

Spend less time on social media and in front of the TV.

It is a well-known fact that these guilty pleasures play a big role in forming your confidence. The images behind the screen always look perfect, people look successful, happy, rich, ambitious and you start to feel worthless. It seems like you’re never good enough and everyone else is doing a lot better than you are, which is not usually the case. The usage of smartphones and TV has also been proven to decrease your motivation. The more you use them, the worse your memory and concentration will be. 

Plan ahead.

Be organised and use your time-management skills carefully. That way you won’t miss any task, will keep on track and feel satisfied at the end of the day, which will immediately boost your confidence and make you feel unstoppable. Take notes, have an exact path for success and know what you’re doing. Keep your notes organised, so that you’re able to follow directions, without your boss repeating your task over and over again.

Help others.

By doing that your brain releases three neurotransmitters – dopamine, oxytocin and serotonin, which give you that feeling of pride, make you happy and boost your mood immediately. So next time you see a colleague in need, offer them your help. Due to the fact we are social creatures, making an impact on someone else’s life can make you easily more confident.

That’s all, folks. Keeping those tips in mind, there is no internship or a job that could become a problem. We believe in you and the the only thing that’s left is for you to believe in yourself. 

Written by Anna-Maria Kancheva