Archive for October, 2010
I’m a full-time student and public relations intern. In the fast-paced industry of public relations, we all know how overwhelming work can be. We also know how irritating it can be to remember which of your 5 classes assigned papers are due that day.
Regardless of your daily routine, there are plenty of ways to prevent a stressful atmosphere, or at least make it less stressful. So here are my personal recommendations for ways that help me get through the week
1. Keep a planner- Although I may not always write in my planner, I do keep the most important information in there to keep track of. If you’ve never owned a planner, or much less opened one, then you’re going to be amazed at what one can do! Depending on your preference, planners range from pocket-sized to large book-sized. Either way, they work the same. I prefer planners with lots of writing space because I never know what I am going to be writing.
Personally, my planner of choice is a 2010-2011 Vera Bradley. It’s chic with large writing spaces and sturdy enough to keep up with my lifestyle. On second thought, Vera Bradley actually makes a lot of products that help in the organizing department, and they’re reasonably priced.
2. Take advantage of the calendar in your smartphone- This is one of the most useful ways of staying organized and what makes it even better is that it’s free. If you don’t have a smartphone, which I’m pretty sure a good amount of us do these days, this is no excuse. Most regular phones also have calendars! I cannot tell you how many times a day that I look at my calendar.
It’s useful if you have an idea or reminder and you want to make sure you don’t forget it. I often do this if there’s a show coming on TV, but it’s tomorrow at 8 p.m. I put the reminder in my calendar for 8 p.m. and it reminds me however much before the show airs. This application is also helpful to keep track of meetings or due dates. What is convenient about the calendar provided in your phone, is that it’s at your hand at all times (usually). If you write your idea or reminder on a piece of paper, there is a chance that it might get thrown away or eaten by your dog.
3. Make to-do lists- This may seem like a simple task because it is. However, if you don’t mark things off of your list, they’re useless. If to-do lists seem boring to you, try writing them on colored paper or with a colored pen. You may also try putting petty tasks on your list, that way you’re crossing more off and feeling more of a sense of accomplishment.
4. Congratulate yourself- At the end of the day, you need to acknowledge all that you’ve done. This is an important task in order to move on to the next day. If you’re continually satisfied with what you did today, then you will more than likely start tomorrow with a positive attitude.
So, I think it’s safe to say that there is absolutely no excuse for being a mess and having your mind all over the place. It’s okay to be busy, and it’s okay to constantly be on the go, but at some point you have to learn to page it all together.
This post was written by Intern Queen Phone attendee, Zoe. Here is what she had to say:
The first Intern Queen Phone went live on Monday night and I was one of the fortunate people signed up to the chat with Lauren Peteroy from BWR PR. Here are 7 reasons why I would recommend joining for the next:
1. Intern Queen has initially done the work for you, contacting industry insiders from well known and respected companies for you to meet via conference call.
2. Start your networking! Introductions are made between like minded people searching for internships, Intern Queen herself; Lauren Berger, and whomever the insider is on the particular call.
3. Questions from yourself and the other intern hopefuls will be asked and answered during the call – so ask anything you like!
4. Learn about what is expected from interns and favored by employers to really start you off on the right track.
5. Personal tips and experiences are shared by the insider which allows you to really have a sense of what interning is really like.
6. You never know, you may even take away the insiders contact details at the end – all the better if you are thinking of applying to that particular company!
7. Get ahead of the competition!
-Zoe Halstead, Intern wannabe.
Little did I know that when I was going through rush two years ago that there was so much more to joining a sorority than the awesome social events and new friendships. Many people do not realize that joining a sorority or fraternity on campus has a lot of benefits. Only a fraternity or sorority can provide you with all of these opportunities, and many others, in a single organization.
1. Friendships - Not only will you be making new friends but you will also be making a support system of people who support you and cheer you up during bad times. This support system can easily branch off into other areas of your life such as your business career.
2. Academics - A sorority or fraternity many times contributes to an academic atmosphere such as peer tutoring, counseling, and chapter study hours. My sorority also has a minimum GPA and if you do not reach it then you must attend study hours until you improve your grades. This pushes a person to make & maintain a competitively high GPA You can also seek help from others in your sorority or fraternity who have taken the same classes as you and can inform you about which classes and instructors they would recommend.
3. Leadership Opportunities - Every person in a Greek house is a leader whether you are an officer, on a committee or just a member. A person can learn how to manage a budget, run effective meetings, speak in public, or even motivate others. All of these skills can help throughout your entire life and especially in your future career.
4. Community Service – A great advantage of the Greek community is that it allows its members to spend some of their time helping others in need. The commitment found in Greek members can be seen in the enthusiasm they have in giving back to their community through philanthropies. My sorority’s philanthropy raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Our philanthropy raised over $39,000.00 last year alone through our on campus Greeks at Bat philanthropy event and by asking for donations from friends and family.
5. Networking - In today’s economy and job market it is tough to get a job and it goes past the job postings and want-ads which many people used in the past. Networking is becoming major and it is important to know people in the business world right now. By using the resources of the Greek system you can create relationships with alums or family members and friends of your “brothers” or “sisters” and this can potentially find the job you are looking for.
There are many stereotypes regarding the Greek system but it is evident that the positives outweigh the negatives and provide a person with experience and information that will help them to be the most successful person they can be.
ASK THE INTERN QUEEN
Q: My name is Christie. I am currently a Sophomore in the Rutgers Business School. I am extremely interested in combining my knowledge of business with my extreme interest in Fashion. The combination of the two is my main interest and am very excited in the fashion world! What should I do next?
- Christine, Rutgers Business School
A: Hi Christine!
Thanks for writing in. I think its great that you are interested in the fashion business. An internship would be a great first step for you to gain experience in the field and determine what your focus might be within the industry. The good news is that no fashion label is run without a business side to it. When applying for internships, I would indicate on the cover letter that you are specifically interested in the business side of things. When asking contacts and potential employers about opportunities, make it known that you are specifically interested in the business side. These might not be the most common types of opportunities, but they certainly exist.
Make sure that you are constantly speaking with your career center at school. You are fortunate to be attending school so close to several metropolitan areas. Your school will have solid relationships around town and you want to make sure to take advantage of these.
I would also check out the local fashion scene and try to set up general meetings with local designers to learn more about how they run their labels and collections.
There are several opportunities on InternQueen.com as well for fashion – check ‘em out!
“The Intern Queen”