Leverage people around you.
In a fast-paced corporate environment, your success is directly linked to the success of those around you – meaning your colleagues want you to succeed. Taking advice, accepting assistance and embracing feedback from those around you will accelerate your learning. You will be able to deliver substantially more through collaboration than as an individual.
Believe in yourself.
There comes a point in your internship when, after putting in a lot of effort, you begin to doubt whether you will be able to deliver in the final weeks. Knowing and believing in yourself is the only way to get through this difficult situation.
When you reach this point, stop and think about a time when you succeeded in doing something you didn’t think you could. For instance, I remember a time when I thought it was impossible for me to manage a ship going into a busy port in Singapore – but I did it.
Have confidence in your capabilities, and in the fact that you can deliver.
Know your audience.
Your final deliverable or presentation should be tailored to your audience – which, in most cases, includes the company’s senior leaders and veteran executives. Your work will not be impactful if it does not resonate with them.
Align your thinking with the company’s values and drive home the points that matter most to your audience.
By Ravi Maniar (MBA ’16)