World of Work
Harold a. Villegas
XU DevCom Intern

The search for my internship place is a mixture of emotions, including excitement, worry, and wonder. I'm not sure what I'm capable of until I get out there, be interviewed and have a feel about what the experience would be all about. There are some opportunities that come up that are really exciting, but often because of popularity, there is a lot of competition for that dream position. What you think is ideal, may not end up what you had expected.

My two months' internship in Cebu and with the Coalition for Better Education proved to be valuable in terms of exposure and knowledge. CBE taught me how to be responsible in doing my tasks; from a broad perspective translating it down to the wide angle lens. This by far, is the best thing that I learned from CBE. As cliché as it sounds, you really do get what you put into it.

One of the best attitudes that you need to possess is willingness to learn. Next to it is willingness to work hard. Going above and beyond what you normally do, putting more effort and improving some of your weak areas will give you a better grasp on what you do the next time you are given tasks. This is how you show your eagerness, without having to say it.

Being an intern is not an easy job. There is a lot to learn in a short amount of time. Expectations can sometimes be high and you have to realize that an employer invests a lot of time in training you to be ready for a working level position. You can't get upset easily and have to be willing to put in the extra hours and show that you're really passionate about what you're doing.

Lastly, I'm not just here to learn, I'm here to improve and hopefully gain the needed experience that will lead me to the next part of my career. I might not find the job that I want and nor that particular task that you really love, but it's all part of the process of learning. This summer internship provided me an indispensable opportunity and exposure to be in an entirely new work area. The experience also helped me foresee my career path.

Overall, it's been amazing to be a part of this organization. I am excited about the contribution I have made so far, and I am thrilled that I will soon be able to share details of my wonderful experience with CBE.

Until then, just one piece of advice: Step out of your comfort zone, and don't hesitate to look for something new for your summer internship. This will expand your learning horizons, make you discover something new that you like, and will be absolutely worth it.

Thank you CBE!

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