Students are responsible for maintaining a weekly Internship job diary throughout the term.Your diary is submitted for review and grading at the end of weeks 7and 14. Use the upload links provided in the appropriate week’s Course Materials folder.
The point of your diary is notabout keeping a list of tasks performed.Rather, the idea is to relate what we are discussing in class, or anything else you have learned while here at Berkeley, to what’s happening on your job.
At its most basic level, the job diary allows you to keep track of progress regarding assigned responsibilities.(You can bet your supervisor is doing the same.)But it also helps you observe and document key skill sets being demonstrated by others, such as examples of leadership (good or bad), management strategy and tactics on display, and traits you wish to emulate (or avoid) throughout your career.
The job diary is also a great way to record problems, issues or opportunities that arise over the course of your internship.Note how you react to or deal with each. Self-awareness is the first step toward professional growth.
Sometimes a student will say “But there’s nothing to write about, my job is so routine.”Consider this list of potential things to write about:
• What you are doing and what you think you should be doing
• What others are doing you wish you were doing (and, importantly, why you wish it)
• Your goals for this job, or the next, and what you are learning that is transferrable
• Skills you wish you had and why they would help you achieve those goals
• Skills others display that are effective and what you need to do to acquire them
• Problems and opportunities you see
• What the organization is doing right (and wrong
• Conflicts that you are involved in, how they were resolved and what you might have done differently to alter the outcome or avoid the problem altogether
• How your supervisor interacts with you (even if only via e-mail) and how it affects your productivity
Clearly, there is much to consider.
Here’s a tip:when something noteworthy come along use the STAR storymethod to record the sequence of events.STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action and Result.Briefly describe the situation and your related task.Actions include your role and perhaps that of a coworker or supervisor.Results include not just an outcome, but any key learning’s from the experience as well.
Why bother?Those STARs will come in handy over the course of the next 12 weeks as you participate in discussion board assignments. Of more lasting consequence, they can also serve you well future job interviews.
Whether you sign on with your internship employer, or move on to something else, the STARstories you craft today will give you something meaningful to talk about in a job interview tomorrow.You can use them to answer questions like:
“So, what did you learn during your internship?”
“Tell me about a work situation in your past–an event, person, mistake or success– which had the greatest impact on you. “
“Tell me about one of your former co-workers accomplishments that you helped to bring about and how you did it?”
“What are your five most significant work accomplishments to-date?”
“Discuss key areas where you impacted your employer’s business.”
Such questions and many more are much easier to answer if you have something concrete to frame the discussion.Use STARs in your job diary to provide those key references.Don’t trust your memory.What is fresh in your mind today may be a thousand miles distant in the heat of an interview at the moment a tough question is asked.Give yourself every chance to succeed.
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