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8 Disappointing Things You Come Across in Every Internship ~ Based on My True Experience :/

Updated on September 12, 2017

Here are some of the things that I and most of my friends went through:

1. A “Can- do attitude” for a “No job” position

You know those times, when you go to an interview and talk about all you leadership, behavioral skills etc. that you possess, because you have no real experience.

Only to realize, that your new job doesn’t require any of those, except patience and tolerance to sit in a corner and do absolutely nothing (or maybe serve coffee :P ) .

2. Your first week and you already want to quit

You think about what your teachers and parents used to tell you.- about how you would get to learn a lot of things and it’s going to be so exciting. The theory vs the practical, and all that sort of stuffs.

Is it really like that? :/

I mean c’mon, you usually get, like maybe a small bit of information about how things are in the practical world from your boss- only to realize that and much more was already there on the net- which of course you happened to look at because you were bored and can’t be seen sitting on social media sites.

3. “My job is so exciting”- The lie you tell your friends

You made such a hype, when you got the job, to your friends and parents that now to tell them that you are doing nothing would simply kill you.

4. You learn how to keep yourself entertained “by talking to yourself” , inside your head

Everybody is busy, even the cleaners – that you sometimes think that you are absolutely of no use. You sometimes feel so sleepy not because you are tired but because you are bored.

But you can’t be caught sleeping- so you start making fun of every employee in the company, about their dress, about their looks…. in your head :P just to keep yourself entertained.

5. You try to ask for some work because that’s what you read on the net…

When you start searching on the net on how to deal with this situation and you find out “your not the only one” . 0_0

So the net tells you to ask for work. So, the next day you dress extra nice and go to your boss to ask for work. What happens next? The obvious. He tells you that he is busy and that he will call you when he is free, but never calls you.

6. You ask yourself, why are you doing this to yourself? (more than a hundred times)

And your answer would usually be something like this

To get a better job- Because the HR’s think that the more number of internships, the better the candidate, even though they know perfectly well that they must have done nothing.

Not to mention, the HR’s and recruiting people know that some interns are far better than their current employees but of course they have to make us go through the same thing they went through right ?. I mean you’re a kid, how can I give you a job better than mine. :P

7. You start lying about your job responsibilities in your C.V.

You can’t possibly say you spent 6 months doing nothing. So you start making up stuff that you "would have" possibly done if you were actually working there. Because now suddenly “honesty is no longer the best policy”

All this to get another job where again you might be doing nothing.

8. If you are getting paid for the internship, you feel guilty to collect your salary

You feel guilty to collect your salary because you haven’t done anything ( OK, this is not for everyone… I know some who don’t feel a thing :P)

But you realize...

You need a whole lot of “doing nothing jobs” to get you “The first real job”, where even then some of us, especially engineers, get to do mostly nothing.

And all that time you can’t live without money ???....

So, even though you feel bad about it, you still take it.

But you also make a promise to yourself that when you grow up and get a good job, you would never ever make an intern feel that worthless ever again!

© 2016 AngelaJJ


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    • christopherbenner profile image


      16 months ago

      I agree that at times an internship can be very boring. I was fortunate enough to work at one this summer, and I was actually quite busy almost all of the time.


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