What is it like to work on
the Best Brand in the world?
20th October, 2017
Summer internships are one of the most transformational experiences of an individual’s B-School life. As soon as you enter, the first thing you’re bombarded with is preparing for your summers placement. Now if you’re lucky enough to crack the selection process of a top recruiter, there are several things you can spend on your time and energy on, but if you follow the following tips, we guarantee maximum fun and zero PPOs.
1. Background research….. on travel plans!
If the company has selected you for their internship from among hundreds of applicants, you’re obviously awesome, right? Doing background research on the company is so pointless. What could you possibly gain by reading about the industry, the business model, the competitors of the company where you’re going to spend the next 8 weeks. Relax and just show up at the office and don’t forget to act surprised if they don’t immediately gather around you and fall at your feet for all the precious gyan you have.
2. Discipline? Puh-leez!
You haven’t joined the army, have you? After your punishing schedule at the B-School, the internship is quite obviously an opportunity to chill and relax. Make the most of it. It’s perfectly okay to miss deadlines. In fact, as Douglas Adams used to say – you’ll begin to love the whooshing sound they make as they pass by. About coming to office on time – who even does that anymore?
3. Stay away from all initiatives, it’s just more work!
Initiative? Wo kya hota hain? Don’t ever forget that the Internship is primarily an opportunity for you to explore the new city. Sample the food, go sight-seeing and have a drink at every bar and café you can find! As for the project, you’ve always managed to scrape a presentation on the last night! If you have an idea that can make a difference, make sure it stays with you. Others knowing about it would just increase your work, won’t it?
4. “Networking” is for losers
They chose YOU for the internship, didn’t they? Obviously, you have the stronger side here. Don’t ever bother building relationships with your colleagues and co-workers at the company. Who knows, they’ll maybe try and extract a favor from you at some point of time and you obviously won’t need any of them anytime in your career. So, why even bother with networking?
5. Mentorship? Too old fashioned!
Your mentor is a busy person, so avoid troubling him as much as possible. Even if you’re not clear about your project, its timeline and deliverables, DO NOT EVER APPROACH HIM. Make sure the distance between you two is always more than that between a finance guy and Kotler’s textbook. Even if he can connect you with the relevant persons in the company and open up some new opportunities, how does it matter? And seriously, is it even worth the trouble?