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  • Sara Cecilia 7:44 pm on March 15, 2014 Permalink
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    How do you know you have a good boss? 

    Adjusting to the workplace can be a struggle after being able to sit in the back of the classroom for 4 years, having minimal interactions with classmates or professors. Professional communication and learning to work with others is something that can’t be taught in school and is something that you develop throughout your career. Communication between coworkers and bosses can be uncomfortable or difficult, but I was lucky enough to attend a seminar that taught me how to develop good communication skills in the workplace.

    The Smithsonian provided a short one-day seminar on Emotional Intelligence. I’m not sure most people (or college student at least) are familiar with the term. Wikipedia defines it as “the ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups.” This sounds easy enough, right? (More …)

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  • Brittany Horowitz 11:37 pm on March 27, 2012 Permalink
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    Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions 

    At the beginning of a new position, it can feel like you’re in a foreign country when you walk into your new office. New faces, new work practices, new rules, and the list goes on. It’s important to remember that asking question is vital in becoming adjusted to your new environment and surroundings. If you don’t ask questions, then you’re more likely to make mistakes.

    It can be intimidating to ask certain “silly” questions, such as how to use the phones or company rules for lunch breaks; however, how will you ever know the answers if you don’t ask? If you make a mistake while setting up a conference call for the whole office, or if you’re gone too long for your lunch break, it is not a valid excuse when you say, “I didn’t know.” Just ask! It’ll be a weight off of your shoulders once you learn about how the office runs, and then you’ll be less likely to make easy to avoid mistakes.

    Lastly, don’t start asking a million questions until you have read your company’s office handbook or rule book. Usually, a company will have an FAQs document that goes over basic office information, such as dress code and sick leave protocol. It would be bothersome to your HR department to have to answer questions that have already been written out for your convenience. Don’t make that amateur mistake. Try to see if the answers are available first, then seek further assistance when necessary. All in all, gaining new information will make adjusting to a new office even easier!

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  • Brittany Horowitz 12:28 am on November 1, 2011 Permalink
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    Like What You Do, Do What You Like 

    A wise SOC professor once told me, “Find a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Isn’t that everyone’s goal? Some people might snicker when they hear that quote because they believe such a dream is merely that: an idea that can only be dreamt of and not actually attained. News flash! It can happen, and it is currently
    happening to me.

    A scary component of going to college is choosing what you are going to study for the next four years. What is even scarier is eventually finding out if you actually enjoy having a job in the field you chose to study. It could be fun and interesting to learn about public relations, but what about the actual implementation? That is where internships come into play. A previous employer once told me that internships are for figuring out what you like, but they are also for figuring out what you don’t like. This is the time for exploration, so explore! And, so, I did. Through my internships, I have realized what I do and do not want in a job. Thankfully, I have come to the conclusion that public relations is a field that I not only enjoy learning about but also an area that I enjoy practicing. Phew! That’s a relief.

    Another important component of the “real world” work arena that I have learned about through interning is the importance of enjoying your work environment. In college, you spend a couple hours in each class, and during those boring courses you might have regretted taking you actually get to leave the classroom and move on, luckily. In the office, you’re most likely there for long shifts, and you can’t leave, unfortunately. Do you mind a long commute? Do you prefer a smaller office? Is it okay that you work from home, or do you prefer interacting with your coworkers? So, choose wisely – these are components that should be thought about too when choosing an internship or job.

    I will close up this post with some images of my lovely office environment that I enjoy very much. My employers really care about the happiness of their employees, so when there is an issue there is always a solution. I recently moved offices with my office mate to a better location within our company space in order to be more included with the other employees in my company. We used to be in a really nice back office, but our office was really secluded from the other employers. So, we now feel less secluded, and we are more able to be incorporated with fellow staff. I have my own desk and laptop, which is lovely because it’s nice to have my own space and feel included rather than be treated like “the semester intern” who will just be moving out in mere months. There is a sense of unity within our office, and it creates great team morale. All in all, this semester, I am doing what I love, and I love what I do! How lucky am I?

     

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    • Julia Beyer 7:23 pm on November 2, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I love your blog post and I am featuring this in the SOC Spot newsletter. I hope this is okay!

    • Brittany Horowitz 12:19 am on November 3, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Of course! Thank you for the compliment!

  • Amanda Osborn 3:18 pm on October 31, 2011 Permalink
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    Befriend Your Fellow Interns 

    I intern on Tuesdays and Fridays this semester. On Tuesdays, it is just me in the office but on Fridays, I work alongside another intern. There is a world of difference between the two days; it really does make all the difference to be working next to a friend in the office.

    It’s the little things, really. It’s taking turns to complete everyday tasks and collaborating or coordinating on a big project. It’s exploring new areas near the office during our lunch break and trying out new restaurants and foods. It’s having someone to bounce ideas off of as tasks and projects are being completed. It might sound silly, but when I am the lone intern in office on Tuesdays, I miss the company I am lucky to have on Fridays.

    It might not always be possible to become friends with your coworkers, for whatever reason. But befriending them definitely makes a world of difference for the office environment, as well as for your own well-being. If nothing else, it’s one more thing to look forward to when I head into my internship on Fridays!

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