So I have been working for a month and a half now and I am starting to get the hang of it. Sadly, as this is an internship, once you get the hang of it, you know it's almost time to leave. I have made some pals out of the coworkers and some contacts out of the bossmen. Plus, I saw how much drinking and golfing I can look forward to if I become a lawyer... and a man I guess.
Some tips I have gathered from this experience:
1. Dress impeccably the first day, but then start to blend with what everyone else is wearing. You want to look like you are eager to do the work, but not like you still have the energy to spend too much time on hair and makeup. Plus, you can't tip the balance of the office with your out of norm dress code.
2. Make friends with the receptionist. She/he knows everyone and everything and is generally the most amiable personality. Plus, if you are on good terms, then you can get all the best tips.
3. Know how to make good coffee before you even set foot in the office. Just trust me on this one.
4. Dont eat to many of the office snacks. This one is just for the benefit of your waste line, but also, the more you are seen snacking, the less it looks like you are working
5. If you don't know how to do something, ask and clarify. Its always better than doing something wrong. On the other hand, if its something that doesn't matter if you get it slightly wrong, go for it on your own rather than bothering the boss with trivialities. Furthermore, you should ask different people every time you need to be shown how to do something unless you can zone in on someone who really loves to help and knows what s/he's doing because that way you are spreading the annoyance around thinly.
6 Answering phones sucks. try to learn everyone's names and give a sparkly "good morning" unless of course it's the afternoon.
oop. it's 10:55, time to clock out and say it's 11.