From the beginning, I knew I wanted to be in the marketing/advertising field. The creativity and flexibility fascinated me and I felt that I would quickly love the field of study. After four years of being in a classroom, however, I was looking for something more hands on. I began my journey as an intern at RDW in January 2016, and out of the many things I have learned, I found these few to be the most prevalent.
- Communication is Key: Clear communication is essential when collaborating on projects and helps prevent mix-ups and confusion. Not only is written and verbal communication crucial, but a deeper understanding of others is helpful as well. Obviously, it is important to understand your own job and tasks but it is just as important to understand what others do. This is helpful because you are able to understand how you can help each other improve in ways you never thought possible.
- Collaboration is a Must: Working alone is so overrated! Even if you do consider yourself a “lone ranger” on projects, there is almost always some sort of collaboration involved. Working with a team you are able to bounce ideas off each other and share insight on what might be the best course of action for the task at hand. Embrace the teamwork!
- Work Doesn’t Have to be Boring: The saying really is true – if you enjoy what you do, it doesn’t feel like work. Of course, everyone has those overwhelming days where you feel like you want to pull your hair out, but for the most part work should be enjoyable. It is truly amazing to be surrounded by so many people who are passionate about what they do. As an intern, this is important because it impacts my overall experience in such a positive way.
- Always Keep Learning: Every person you meet knows something that you do not. No matter your age or experience level, you should always be open to learning. It is so important to keep an open mind and embrace new ideas because change is what challenges us, and learning is how we adapt to that change.
Although my time here at RDW Group has been short, I have learned so much about myself as an individual. I have learned the importance of finding what you love in a job and in life, and with that you will find happiness. Following my internship here, I hope pursue a career in the marketing or advertising field while living in Boston with friends.
Liz is a former intern in RDW’s Social Media department. She is a lover of puppies, pizza, and Netflix. When she isn’t Instagramming her day away, you can probably find her planning her next adventure – taco in hand.