Make The Most Of It

There are many words that can be used to describe me. One that I get often is “indecisive”. But I disagree. Well, I don’t disagree (I can see that I’m not helping my case here) but I agree in certain aspects. When it comes to extracurricular experiences though, I do disagree. Yes, I’ve done a little bit of everything, but that wasn’t a result of indecisiveness. That was because I wanted to experience everything. After all, how do you know that you don’t enjoy working in a particular field until you’ve actually worked in said field? In the long run, this logic bode well for me…but I did often find myself in positions that I knew were a little mundane for me after the first couple weeks. And let’s be honest, we’ve probably all been there. So what do you do when you have a month or two left in a position that you’re not enjoying?

First things first: accept that it’s not going to be perfect. If you’re in a research internship and you really wanted to research the colour blue but you got assigned the colour purple…tough. It’s not the end of the world, and you’re still going to get a very similar experience there than if you had been assigned your so desired colour blue. But if you wanted to research the colour blue and instead most of your job requires taking photos of blue grass…it’s likely to be unexciting for you. Even in this case though, there’s still a lot you can extract from this experience if you’re willing to give it the effort. Think transferable skills: what are some skills you can develop from this experience that would be useful for future opportunities? In our initial analogy, you wanted to pursue research but have more of a photography job – there are still skills in common! Maybe analyze those photos to develop analytical skills, study the blue grass to increase your understanding of it, or start an Excel sheet with data on the photos to broaden your computer skills. There is always some overlap between what you want to do and what you’re actually doing – you just need to really juice it out.

On the off-chance that you cannot find a good or relevant overlap, still work your hardest! A lot of people seem to slack off when they realize the job is dull. But do it – work as hard as possible to the point that you’re finishing tasks fast. Your employer will likely a) be impressed, which is always a good thing and b) find more work for you to do. The more you do, the more you know – and the more skills you can develop for future opportunities.

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