You may be the best and most brilliant student, have all the wonderful intellectual and practical skills to understand scientific principles or the wonders of digital marketing, but it is all meaningless to an organisation if you are not organised.
One of the key areas that is of value to a business is ‘self organisation’ and to understand the work flow process of corporations which is like its life blood.
This includes the most basic things like running a calendar, using email as a key information flow, following a work flow schedule, understanding urgency of specific events, following a time line, understanding milestones and showing email courtesy which is to simply respond and not leave people in the dark.
I often need to teach this to undergrads and even post grads and interns in general, as I believe it is these skills as a foundation that are the ones that carry you through life. The higher skills and all the other wonderful knowledge areas are meaningless in the business context without these. It is like having a car without a transmission system.
This post is written for existing and potential interns as our internship programme is up and running and we just ran our first course based internship which included an evaluation process as the host organisation with Macleay College see our blog article (below).