I started a #TweetExperiment I called “20 insightful tips for a working intern in the London #startup scene.” 2 weeks ago. I wanted to share what valuable lessons I learn’t whilst Interning for a technology startup in the london scene (silicon roundabout) over the summer holidays. Read, be inspired, learn!
1) Use you self initiative. Startups can’t afford to baby feed you every step of the way during your internship.
2) First days are spent reading about the startup’s history. Seize the moment, ask many questions about the company then attempt to find faults within the business. Write as a list; good, bad & Improvements <~ views are your own.
3) Set your working standards & goals before you start your internship.
4) Live, eat & breathe the startup culture. Embrace the long hours – make it fun and worth your while.
5) Be patient. Be committed.
6) Remember you are part of a #TEAM, Talk to them, bounce ideas around and support one another.
7) Practice, practice, practice that sales pitch. You’ll be asked a dozen times “so what is <insert your company name>?
8) If you end up working in a co-working space such as @TechHub, Utilize the talent that leaks from all corners.
9) Get connected. Attend networking events, seminars & talks. Its true what they say: “Your network is your net-worth.”
10) Don’t bring work home. EVER! Home is “your time” to relax.
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11) Don’t eat lunch at your desk, when its lunch break, have a proper lunch break! Go outside. Have some fresh air.
12) Grab every ‘out-of-your-depth’ opportunity your given by the hand & roll with it. Its the best part of being in a startup.
14) Start looking to build working relationships both inside & outside you startup. In the future this may lead you to your next job.
15) Have a go at experiencing as many different roles outside your job description as possible.
16) Seek opportunities where others wouldn’t, utilise your connections & knowledge to drive in new business.
17) Use your self initiative.
18) You’re exemplar of the startup you work for. Keep a clean image, show why people should invest time in your startup.
20) Cherish the fruits of your labour!
N.B these lessons can be applied to any job within any startup, not just technology.
Written by Andre Hitchman 🙂